Risks of Faith is the fascinating collection of 14 of James Cone's best and most revolutionary essays. The book includes some of Cone's most critical work - Malcolm X and Martin Luther King's contributions to theology - and takes us into the 21st century with discussions on the development of a socially based theological movement and the development of a socially-based theological society.
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These three decades' of essays on black theology from James Cone (Union Theological Seminary; A Black Theology of Liberation, 1970, etc.), one of the nation's leading liberation theologians, chart Cone's thinking from the late sixties to the present. He begins with an indictment of white Christians who were complicit in the oppression of their black co-religionists. But he also takes black churches to task for peddling "pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by" instead of embracing Black Power's program of radical change here and now. His middle section pays tribute to and assessesthe impact of the ministries of the Rev. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. In Cone's mind, King is "America's most important theologian," surpassing even Niebuhr and Edwards, "because of what he said and did about race from a theological point of view." But it was Malcolm X who first inspired Cone to criticize both Christianity and the Civil Rights movement. In his final section, Cone embraces Womanist theology, and decries ecological destruction, observing that "unless we learn to live in harmony . . . with the universe we will self-destruct." Many of these essays are dated, but readers interested in tracing the development of black liberation theology will find them invaluable. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - James H. Cone
James Hal Cone is an active lecturer and the author of Black Theology of Liberation, and God of the Oppressed.