Black Theology USA and South Africa

Black Theology USA and South Africa

Here the focus is on the impact of black consciousness and Soweto, and the works of Manas Buthelezi, Allan Boesak, Simon S. Maimela, Frank Chikane, Bonganjalo C. Goba, Itumeleng J. Mosala, Takatso A. Mofokeng, and Desmond M. Tutu.

Author: Dwight N. Hopkins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597524766

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Black theology continually poses a challenge to Christian witness and faith. Through a critical analysis of leading religious thinkers, Dwight N. Hopkins explores the fundamental differences and similarities between black theology in the United States and black theology in South Africa and asks: What is the common denominator between the two? Part I examines the historical, political, cultural, and theological background of contemporary black theology in both countries. Hopkins delves into the distinctive situation of each country, focusing on civil rights, black power, and related political, cultural, and theological themes in the United States, and on civil disobedience, black consciousness, the unity of politics and culture, and political/cultural/theological themes in South Africa. Through interviews with leading black religious scholars, Part II explores these theologies in depth. Contrasting the cultural-theological trend with the political-theological trend in the USA, Hopkins explores the ideas of theologians Albert B. Cleage, James H. Cone, J. Deotis Roberts, William R. Jones, Gayraud S. Wilmore, Charles H. Long, Cecil W. Cone, and Vincent Harding. In Part III Hopkins examines the same two trends - cultural-theological and political-theological - in South Africa. Here the focus is on the impact of black consciousness and Soweto, and the works of Manas Buthelezi, Allan Boesak, Simon S. Maimela, Frank Chikane, Bonganjalo C. Goba, Itumeleng J. Mosala, Takatso A. Mofokeng, and Desmond M. Tutu. Part IV brings black theology USA and black theology South Africa into dialogue. Hopkins locates the common denominator between the tow theologies: that they both claim the Christian gospel as the gospel of liberation for black people struggling against racism and for a holistic humanity - physically and spiritually, politically and culturally. He concludes by looking toward future areas of development and collaboration, arguing that an effective black theology of liberation must integrate politics and culture, insuring that the two are equal and complementary, two tributaries within the same current.
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We Are One Voice

We Are One Voice

Yet, the economic success after US legal segregation and SA apartheid seemed to have gone primarily to only the top 5 percent of black people. The republication of We Are One Voice is still needed today.

Author: Simon S. Maimela

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725238800

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Black theology of liberation in the USA and South Africa (SA) both began from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. They carried the energy of the youth who were eager to change the world so that all peoples would enjoy life and live as neighbors. Legal racial laws still existed in parts of the US in the mid-1960s. And apartheid laws on separation of races were as normal and accepted as breathing air. Given the major racial divides and the presence of human differences in all of society, concerned individuals, in both countries, realized that religious practice or the study of religion could not be done separate from the everyday lives of ordinary people. In response to racial laws, blacks created a vibrant renaissance of black culture and organizations. Song, stories, histories, and coalitions flourished. Blacks of all classes became energized and participated in a rebirth of what it meant to be black. What was a true citizenship rooted in justice? In fact, it was a profound striving to produce a new vision of the US and South Africa. Deep and broad hope filled these communities and many throughout both countries. Black religious leaders and ordinary people of faith were heavily impacted by this bubbling and creative black renaissance. The founders of black liberation theology in both countries emerged out of this larger movement to redefine what is a healthy community with healthy individuals. In recent years, USA and SA have had their first black elected presidents (i.e., Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama). Such historic and amazing developments show strides in both countries across the Atlantic. Yet, the economic success after US legal segregation and SA apartheid seemed to have gone primarily to only the top 5 percent of black people. The republication of We Are One Voice is still needed today. Questions of poor and working people, women's rights, and the importance of connecting spiritualty and faith to culture, politics, and economics are even more pressing in the twenty-first century than they were in the last.
Categories: Social Science

The Rise and Demise of Black Theology

The Rise and Demise of Black Theology

Since then it claims to have broadened its perspective to include oppression on the grounds of race, gender and class. In this book the author contests this claim, especially by Womanist (black women) Theology.

Author: Alistair Kee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351145503

Category: Religion

Page: 227

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Black Theology emerged in the 1960s as a response to black consciousness. In South Africa it is a critique of power; in the UK it is a political theology of black culture. The dominant form of Black Theology has been in the USA, originally influenced by Black Power and the critique of white racism. Since then it claims to have broadened its perspective to include oppression on the grounds of race, gender and class. In this book the author contests this claim, especially by Womanist (black women) Theology. Black and Womanist Theologies present inadequate analyses of race and gender and no account at all of class (economic) oppression. With a few notable exceptions Black Theology in the USA repeats the mantras of the 1970s, the discourse of modernity. Content with American capitalism it fails to address the source of the impoverishment of black Americans at home. Content with a romantic imaginaire of Africa, this 'African-American' movement fails to defend contemporary Africa against predatory American global ambitions.
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Christianity in South Africa

Christianity in South Africa

Albert Nolan, God in South Africa: The Challenge of the Gospel (Cape Town:
David Philip; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, ... For articles published from this work,
see the bibliography in Dwight Hopkins's Black Theology USA and South Africa:
 ...

Author: Richard Elphick

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520209400

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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"At a strategic time in South Africa's history, the Christian history which is absolutely basic to all developments, is presented in a comprehensive and objective way. Too little attention is given to the influence of religion in socio-political accounts. This is a creative and much-needed contribution to scholarship and general knowledge. . . . An outstanding work."--Dean S. Gilliland, Fuller Theological Seminary
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The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology

The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology

I0 USA and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and Liberation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis
Books, 1989). James Cone has correctly noted about Hopkins' Black Theology
USA and South Africa: ”Black theology continually poses a challenge to Christian
 ...

Author: Dwight N. Hopkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521705691

Category: History

Page: 333

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A comprehensive look at black theology and its connection with major doctrinal themes within Christianity from a global perspective.
Categories: History

African Theology

African Theology

Mbiti, “The South African Theology of Liberation,” pp. 350-55. 113. Ibid., p. 357.
114. Manas Buthelezi, “The Christian Institute and Black South Africa,” South
African Outlook, October 1974, p. 163; cf. Dwight Hopkins, Black Theology USA
and ...

Author: Emmanuel Martey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608991259

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Two major strands of theology have developed in Africa--inculturation and liberation--each in response to different needs. Emmanuel Martey's African Theology provides a clear, scholarly examination of these two basic approaches, solidly based on Martey's understanding of contemporary theology and his firsthand knowledge of Africa.Martey first examines the historical background of each of these theological developments, especially relating to cultural and political movements enveloping the continent in the 1970s. In sub-Saharan Africa, struggles for independence from colonizers have resulted in inculturation theology. The defining aspect of this theology is that it pushes its roots firmly in African culture and traditions. In South Africa, on the other hand, Black Africans struggling against the oppressive systems of apartheid have turned to liberation theology.Martey shows how the real hope for African theology lies in the dialectical encounter between these two approaches and in their potential for convergence. "The two foci (of liberation and inculturation)," Martey says, "are not contradictory, but complement each other." African Theology concludes by challenging African theologians to weld together the praxis of inculturation with that of liberation, in order to achieve an integrative vision for the continent.
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Black Liberation

Black Liberation

A Comparative History of Black Ideologies in the United States and South Africa
George M. Fredrickson ... the connections between American and South African
versions is Dwight N. Hopkins, Black Theology: USA and South Africa (Maryknoll,
 ...

Author: George M. Fredrickson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198022352

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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When George M. Fredrickson published White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American and South African History, he met universal acclaim. David Brion Davis, writing in The New York Times Book Review, called it "one of the most brilliant and successful studies in comparative history ever written." The book was honored with the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, the Merle Curti Award, and a jury nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Now comes the sequel to that acclaimed work. In Black Liberation, George Fredrickson offers a fascinating account of how blacks in the United States and South Africa came to grips with the challenge of white supremacy. He reveals a rich history--not merely of parallel developments, but of an intricate, transatlantic web of influences and cross-fertilization. He begins with early moments of hope in both countries--Reconstruction in the United States, and the liberal colonialism of British Cape Colony--when the promise of suffrage led educated black elites to fight for color-blind equality. A rising tide of racism and discrimination at the turn of the century, however, blunted their hopes and encouraged nationalist movements in both countries. Fredrickson teases out the connections between movements and nations, examining the transatlantic appeal of black religious nationalism (known as Ethiopianism), and the pan-Africanism of Du Bois and Garvey. He brings to vivid life the decades of struggle, organizing, and debate, as blacks in the United States looked to Africa for identity and South Africans looked to America for new ideas and hope. The book traces the rise of Communist influence in black movements in the two nations in the 1920s and '30s, and the adoption of Gandhian nonviolent protest after World War II. The story of India's struggle, however, was not to be repeated in either America or South Africa: in one nation, nonviolence revealed its limitations, encouraging splits in the civil rights movement; in the other, it failed, fostering an armed struggle against white supremacy. Fredrickson brings the story up through the present, exploring the divergence between African-American identity politics and the nonracialism that has triumphed in South Africa. In a career spanning thirty years, George Fredrickson has won recognition as the leading scholar of the struggle over racial domination in the United States and South Africa. In Black Liberation, he provides the essential companion volume to his award-winning White Supremacy, telling the story of how blacks fought back on both sides of the Atlantic.
Categories: Social Science

Black Theology Essays on Global Perspectives

Black Theology  Essays on Global Perspectives

The essays in this book draw on tradition and point forward in the midst of today's worldwide challenges and favorable possibilities, given the closeness of all nations and the varieties of cultures.

Author: Dwight N. Hopkins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532608216

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Since its start in 1966, black liberation theology in the United States has continually engaged international developments with Africa and the entire world. But after Nelson Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, there has been an almost twenty-year break in books on black theology and international affairs. Black Theology--Essays on Global Perspectives bridges that post-1990 gap and makes a vital contact with Africa again. This book conceptualizes black theology to take on the global reconfigurations and opportunities brought about by the rapidly shrinking earth of fast-paced, worldwide contacts. In other words, in the specificity of the genealogy of black theology, we need to reforge ties with Africa. This claim is based on tradition. And in the generality of the larger worldwide intertwining of technologies and economics, we need a new type of black theological leadership for the twenty-first century. This claim is based on today's international challenges. The essays in this book draw on tradition and point forward in the midst of today's worldwide challenges and favorable possibilities, given the closeness of all nations and the varieties of cultures.
Categories: Religion

Down Up and Over

Down  Up  and Over

This book, Down, Up, and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology, is part of my
ongoing journey to develop and produce a constructive and systematic black
theology of liberation. In my first book, Black Theology U.S. A. and South Africa: ...

Author: Dwight N. Hopkins

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451407351

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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"First reconstructs the culutral matrix of African American religion, a total way of life formed by Protestantism, American culture, and the institution of slavery (1619-1865). Whites from Europe and Blacks from Africa arrived with specific, differing views of God, faith, and humanity. Hopkins recreates their worldviews and shows how white theology sought to remake African Americans into naturally inferior beings divinely ordained into subservience. The counter voice of enslaved blacks is the birth of the Spirit of liberation." -- Back cover.
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Farewell to Innocence

Farewell to Innocence

Until now, the Christian church had chosen to move through history with a bland kind of innocence, hiding the painful truths of oppression behind a facade of myths and real or imagined anxieties. This is no longer possible.

Author: Allan A. Boesak

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498226400

Category: Religion

Page: 198

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While we acknowledge that all expressions of liberation theology are not identical, we must protest very strongly against the false divisions that some make: between black theology in South Africa and black theology in the United States, between black theology and African theology, and between black theology and Latin American liberation theology. But moving away from the illusioned universality of western theology to the contextuality of liberation theology is a risky business; one that cannot be done innocently. In the search for theological and human authenticity in its own situation, black theology does not stand alone. It is but one expression of this search going on within many different contexts. Until now, the Christian church had chosen to move through history with a bland kind of innocence, hiding the painful truths of oppression behind a facade of myths and real or imagined anxieties. This is no longer possible. The oppressed who believe in God, the Father of Jesus Christ, no longer want to believe in the myths created to subjugate them. It is no longer possible to innocently accept history "as it happens," silently hoping that God would take the responsibility for human failure. The theology of liberation spells out this realization. For the Christian church it constitutes, in no uncertain terms, farewell to innocence.
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Toward an African Theology of Fraternal Solidarity

Toward an African Theology of Fraternal Solidarity

Mofokeng, Takatso. “Black Theological Perspectives, Past and Present.” In We
Are One Voice: Black Theology in the USA and South Africa, edited by Simon
Maimela and Dwight hopkins. Braamfontein, South Africa: Skotaville, 1989.
Moore ...

Author: Ikenna U. Okafor

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630875275

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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In this book, Ikenna Okafor tackles an interesting and timely topic and demonstrates competence and maturity in developing his insight into Igbo humanism--to make liberation theology from an African perspective into a theology of solidarity and fraternity. With a good narrative style, Okafor critiques the Latin American liberation theological project. And inspired by the hermeneutical implications of "UBE NAWANNE," the evangelical positioning of material poverty and pathos for the poor as defining Christian discipleship is persuasively presented. The potent nwanne idiom guides his critical evaluation of the social teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church. In fact, it is clear that Okafor embarked on a subject matter that is of theological moment and has creative pastoral implications for the Church of Nigeria, the Churches of Africa, and the World Church.
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Soul in Society

Soul in Society

Black theology typically affirms that the content of divine revelation is liberation,
that Scripture is the primary record of this ... in African-American Thought (
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990); Dwight N. Hopkins, Black Theology USA and
South ...

Author: Gary J. Dorrien

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 0800628918

Category: Religion

Page: 389

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Gary Dorrien's major work addresses the roots of and remedy to the current crisis in American Christian social ethics.Focusing on the story of American liberal Protestantism, the book examines in fascinating depth the three major movements in this century ? the Social Gospel, Christian Realism, and Liberation Theology ? in a way that also brings African American, feminist, environmentalist, Catholic, and other voices into the increasingly multicultural quest.Dorrien then carefully assesses the crisis of social Christian thought in a culture that is increasingly secular, materialistic, and dominated by capitalism. He shows how the progressive Christian vision of social and economic democracy can be redeemed in the face of its apparent defeat. He argues strongly for a social Christianity faithful to the spiritual reality and kingdom-oriented ethic of the way of Christ.Dorrien's engaging narrative, knowledgeable and fair analysis, and thoughtful proposal bring desperately needed clarity and commitment to the Christian social conscience.
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Changing Conversations

Changing Conversations

He is the author of We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic
Theology and Black Theology: A Critical Assessment and Annotated ... Black
Theology and Black Theology USA and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and
Liberation.

Author: Sheila Davaney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135231750

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Social Science

Black Theology Essays on Gender Perspectives

Black Theology  Essays on Gender Perspectives

What do African American men have to do with gender? In this collection of riveting and wide-ranging essays, Dwight N. Hopkins draws on over thirty-five years of wrestling with these questions.

Author: Dwight N. Hopkins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532608186

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

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What do African American men have to do with gender? In this collection of riveting and wide-ranging essays, Dwight N. Hopkins draws on over thirty-five years of wrestling with these questions. Too often gender is seen as a "woman's only" discussion. But in reality, men have a gender too. Some say it is biological; others claim it has to do with socialization. Hopkins's career has focused on defining what a black American man is, and how he builds bridges of support and engagement with women. Hopkins's research as a theologian, and his experiences, substantiate that the importance of religious viewpoints, principled values, and future hope remain key to any successful creation of a new African American male and new healthy male-female interactions.
Categories: Social Science

Models of Black Theology

Models of Black Theology

Beginning with the chronology of the black struggle against racism in the United States and South Africa, Kunnie then describes elements of social analysis in the theologies of James Cone and Desmond Tutu regarding liberation from ...

Author: Julian Kunnie

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN: UOM:39015020853530

Category: Religion

Page: 113

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Beginning with the chronology of the black struggle against racism in the United States and South Africa, Kunnie then describes elements of social analysis in the theologies of James Cone and Desmond Tutu regarding liberation from oppression. Finally, he proposes an indigenous black social analysis methodology, using black folk tales that can be instructive for black religious and social empowerment.
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Feminist Theology from the Third World

Feminist Theology from the Third World

and Marie Assaad, “Reversing the Natural Order” from New Eyes for Reading:
Biblical and Theological Reflections by ... “Black Feminist Theology in South
Africa” from We Are One Voice: Black Theology in USA and South Africa, edited
by S.

Author: Ursula King

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498219976

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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This major new collection of readings demonstrates the range and vitality of feminist theology and its increasing influence on Christian women and men throughout the world. Here are thirty-eight key texts, representing the voices of women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as those working among minorities in places such as Israel, the US, and the Pacific. The readings are grouped under five headings: --Doing Theology from Third World Women's Perspective --Women's Oppression and Cries of Pain --The Bible as a Source of Empowerment for Women --Challenging Traditional Theological Thinking --A Newly Emerging Spirituality All texts are placed in context by brief introductory comments, while the main introduction to the whole book provides a helpful overview of the major issues and developments in Christian-feminist thinking throughout the Third World and beyond. Among the contributors are Chung Hyun Kyung (Korea), Ivone Gebara (Brazil), Kwok Pui-lan (Hong Kong), Mercy Amba Oduyoye (Ghana), Delores S. Williams (USA).
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The Quest for Liberation and Reconciliation

The Quest for Liberation and Reconciliation

Theology. The. Notion. of. Culture. Revisited. Dwight. Hopkins. The notion of
culture has been and remains one of the prominent emphases in black theology
as it has emerged and continues to develop in South Africa, in the United States,
and ...

Author: James Deotis Roberts

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664228925

Category: Religion

Page: 221

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Leading contemporary theologians and scholars present essays on the themes of liberation and reconciliation in tribute to J. Deotis Roberts. The essays are divided into the following sections: Theological Reflection, Faith in Dialogue, and Shaping the Practice of Ministry. The compilation presents an interesting array of perspectives on the ways in which Christian theology, ethics, and ministry are involved in the quests for liberation and reconciliation in North America and the rest of the world.
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Children of the Waters of Meribah

Children of the Waters of Meribah

In a critical, self-critical engagement with feminist and, especially, African feminist theologians in a trans-disciplinary conversation, Allan Boesak, as Black liberation theologian from the Global South, offers tentative but intriguing ...

Author: Allan Boesak

Publisher: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA

ISBN: 9781928314653

Category: Religion

Page: 266

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In the decades since Black liberation theology burst onto the scene, it has turned the world of church, society, and academia upside down. It has changed lives and ways of thinking as well. But now there is a question: What lessons has Black theology not learned as times have changed? In this expansion of the 2017 Yale Divinity School Beecher Lectures, Allan Boesak explores this question. If Black liberation theology had taken the issues discussed in these pages much more seriously – struggled with them much more intensely, thoroughly, and honestly – would it have been in a better position to help oppressed black people in Africa, the United States, and oppressed communities everywhere as they have faced the challenges of the last twenty five years? In a critical, self-critical engagement with feminist and, especially, African feminist theologians in a trans-disciplinary conversation, Allan Boesak, as Black liberation theologian from the Global South, offers tentative but intriguing responses to the vital questions facing Black liberation theology today, particularly those questions raised by the women.
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African Theology

African Theology

The entries treat works published from 1955 to 1992, and each entry includes a descriptive and evaluative annotation. The volume concludes with name, title, and subject indexes.

Author: Josiah Ulysses Young

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UCSC:32106010108923

Category: Religion

Page: 257

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This reference provides a thorough survey of the theology of and from Africa. Young begins with a narrative overview of the history of African theology. The bibliographic entries that follow are grouped in topical chapters. Included are entries for books and articles. While most of the sources are in English, a number of French works are included. The entries treat works published from 1955 to 1992, and each entry includes a descriptive and evaluative annotation. The volume concludes with name, title, and subject indexes.
Categories: Religion