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Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity


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Contents: Introduction; Part I Slavery and Biblical Hermeneutics: But it's in the text! Slavery, the Bible and the African diaspora, Randall C. Bailey; Was Paul an arch-advocate of slavery or a liberator?, Mukti Barton; Buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals (Amos 8:6): the fit between capitalism and slavery as seen through the hermeneutic of the 8th century prophet Amos, David Isiorho; A resistant biblical hermeneutic within the Caribbean, Oral Thomas; Unending the Bible: the Book of Revelation through the optics of Anancy and Rastafari, Michael N. Jagessar. Part II Slavery, Colonialism and Black Subjugation: 'Children of a lesser God': the American Board Mission's ordination policy in South Africa, Daryl M. Balia; Necessary remembrance: towards a White British biblical hermeneutic in the aftermath of the mass enslavement of Africans, John M. Campbell; A legacy of slavery - Black with the slaves or Mulatto with the slavers? An English Jamaican theological reflection on the trajectories of 'mixed race' categories, Caroline Redfearn. Part III Slavery and Contemporary Experience Through the Lens of Black Theological Reflection: Faith and the gallows: the cost of liberation, Delroy A. Reid-Salmon; Re-reading slave writing through the lens of Black theology, Carol Troupe; Whither Africa?: reflections on current day Africa in light of slavery, George Wauchope; Divining sisters: reflections on an experience if divination by a priestess of the Ausar Auset Society, Marjorie Lewis; Politics of Black entry into Britain: reflections on being a Black British person returning to the UK, Anthony G. Reddie; Index.

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Anthony G. Reddie is a Research Fellow at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. He has a BA in History and a PhD in Education (with Theology), both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 50 essays and articles on Black theology and Christian education in Britain. He is the author and editor of 12 books. His more recent titles include Dramatizing Theologies (2006), Black Theology in Transatlantic Dialogue (2006), Black Theology in Britain: A Reader (co-edited with Michael N. Jagessar, 2007), Working Against The Grain (2008) and Is God Colour Blind? (2009). He is the co-editor of the 'Cross Cultural Theologies' book series for Equinox and editor of Black Theology: An International Journal. Randall C. Bailey, David Isiorho, Oral Thomas, Michael N. Jagessar, Daryl M. Balia, John M. Campbell, Caroline Redfearn, Delroy A. Reid-Salmon, Carol Troupe, George Wauchope, Marjorie Lewis, Anthony G. Reddie.


'The centrality of slavery in the creation of the modern western world is beyond doubt. The history of the enforced movement of millions of Africans across the Atlantic continues to generate fierce political and historical debate. Here, Anthony G. Reddie has assembled a string of compelling contributions to the broader theological debate spawned by slavery. Not always easy or comfortable, the essays force the reader to confront vital moral and theological problems, not merely of the historical past, but of the contemporary world. They tease out the anomalies (of Christianity's role both in supporting, and then in ending slavery) and the challenges faced by Christians when studying the painful story of enslavement in the Atlantic world.' Jim Walvin OBE, University of York, UK 'This is the first intellectually formidable book on the Atlantic slave phenomenon from the perspective of Black Theology. The interdisciplinary scholarship and the cast of scholars and practitioner contributors to this text are unprecedented. Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity challenges, enlightens, and delights us. I look forward to teaching and sharing this work with my students and colleagues.' Dwight N. Hopkins, University of Chicago, USA, author of Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion 'An important interpretation of black liberation theology.' James H. Cone, Union Theological Seminary, USA 'The book is a tour de force, which highlights the practical nature of Black theology not only as an academic discipline, but a subject with real practical out-comes. All the writers seem committed to raise the collective consciousness about the legacies of slavery and how these have played out in Christianity. I have to congratulate the editor, Anthony Reddie, for teasing all the disparate elements and threads into a coherent whole.' Black Theology

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