Cone - Black Liberation

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05/10/2007 09:05 AM FirstSearch: Full Text Page 1 of 12 OCLC FirstSearch: Full Text Your requested information from your library FULLER THEOL SEMINARY Periodical Abstracts Full Text results for: '0040-5639(200012)61:4<731:BLTABC>' . Record 1 of 1 Key expires: 2007-05-15 12:07 AM Full-text source: PerAbs_FT Black liberation theology and Black Catholics: A critical conversation Author: Cone, James H Source: Theological Studies 61, no. 4 (Dec 2000): p. 731-747 ISSN: 0040-5639 Number: 65664076 Copyright: Copyright Theological Studies, Inc. Dec 2000 [No theology, Black or White, Protestant or Catholic can become Christian theology in North America or the world that does not engage White supremacy in society and the Church. To remain silent about the deadly consequences of White racism in the modern world automatically invalidates any theology's claim to Christian identity.] A GROUP OF PROGRESSIVE White Catholics invited me in July 1983 to speak at a national conference on "Voices of Justice: The Challenge of Being Catholic and American in the 1980s."1 I hesitated because most Whites, including liberal Christians, do not want to hear a radical race critique of their religious and secular institutions. They do not mind a mild reprimand as long as Blacks assure them that everything is all right. I could not do that. Blacks and Whites cannot have an honest dialogue about racial reconciliation without an active struggle for racial justice. I decided to focus my reflections on the failure of White Catholic theologians to address White supremacy as a theological problem. I placed the Catholic Church in America in the same boat with its Protestant counterpart. Both are racist institutions whose priests, ministers, and theologians seem to think that White supremacy offers no serious contradiction to their understanding of the Christian faith. While racism is America's most radical and persistent sin, White Catholic and Protestant theologians are virtually silent about its pervasiveness in seminaries, churches, and every segments of the larger society. How people could claim to be Christian theologians in 20th-century America and not engage this country's original sin-racism-truly astounds me. Like White Protestants, White Catholic theologians show no indications that they will end their conspicuous silence in the 21st century. Both are following a White tradition of nearly four centuries of silence. They were silent during 244 years of slavery and a 100 years of legal segregation and "spectacle lynching." With few exceptions, White theologians were also silent during the 1960s Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course CH 505 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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