Risks of Faith, by James H. Cone and Black Faith and Public Talk, edited by Dwight N. Hopkins

Black theology as an intellectual discipline and as systematic discourse is virtually synonymous with the name and academic career of James H. Cone. Currently the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at New York's Union Theological Seminary, Cone is considered by many to be the father of the contemporary black theology movement. His Black Theology and Black Power (1969) triggered the birth of black theology as public discourse, initiated the first serious critique of Western theological traditions, and pioneered a reinterpretation of the Christian faith and the entire biblical revelation in light of the African-American struggle for freedom, justice and equality of opportunity. Cone's seminal book is discussed at some length in both his own recent work and the volume edited by Dwight N. Hopkins--essential reading for those who wish to understand contemporary black theology while placing it in its proper context.


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