James H. Cone 's God Of The Oppressed

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James H. Cone’s God of the Oppressed is his examination of the origin, development, and significance of black theology as it relates to how he and the black Christian community view God. For Cone, in an America seemingly dominated by white theology and the white Christian community’s views of God, it is imperative to acknowledge and attentively listen to the voices of the theologies of other races and what God means to them, especially that of the black community. Cone asserts without hesitation that the God that is referred to in the Bible and black religion is a Deliver of those held captive by the bondage of oppression. Cone not only asserts this viewpoint of God as the Freer of oppressed people, but he validates this assertion through the use of Scripture, the black experience, history, and tradition. Overall, the central theme of this book is that a plethora of factors continually shape and construct a people’s theology and how that theology is significant in regards to how they see God, the world, and themselves.
In the eyes of Cone, two of the most foundational factors that help to shape a person’s theology and their image of God is their identity and experiences. In the Preface of God of the Oppressed, Cone quickly identify himself as black (one who lives the black experience). Given that the black experience is one of struggle, he sheds light on his identity and his experiences in order to explain why he reads and interprets the Bible through the perspective of
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