Devotional / Theology

Culture and Theology: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

On 19 October 2006, Harvard Divinity School hosted James Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, to present the 2006 Ingersoll Lecture. Cone, as many might know, is/was a promoter of Black Liberation Theology, first bursting onto the scene with his book, Black Theology and Black Power, in 1969. He seemingly has mellowed since those days; however, he still provides a call to look at the community’s theology through their own cultural experiences. I will not debate whether or not that is good or even impossible to completely do

Religion and Politics / Theology

According to Cone, who is more White? Herman Cain or Barack Obama? #p2

I am not a liberation theologian, but in Intro to Theology, we have to read James Cone. Cone, as you know, makes a case for liberation theology in which black (oppressed, regardless of color) is set against white (oppressors, regardless of color). But there is a sin for blackness, in that black participates in the oppression by white by trying to be white. It is, as a wise man once said, submitting to assimilation and oppression which is the black sin. So, we have take a look a Herman Cain’s words this weekend: “I don’t believe there is racism

Atonement / Theology

Willimon on Substitionary Atonement

Willimon doesn’t take kindly to PSA. He writes, on 112-113: The salvation that once was corporate and social was made private and personal. This is but one of the problems with the substitutionary atonement— salvation is separated from ethics. Salvation is thus construed as mainly about rescuing us for some other world. Thus James Cone, a founder of the black theology movement, charged that the substitutionary atonement contributed to the perverse world in which slave owners could preach salvation to the slaves while in no way threatening the present master-slave establishment. Scripturally speaking, I cannot get around the fact

Religion and Politics

Beck, Cone, Cheap Grace, Theologians and everything else

First, from here, In his latest attack on the Social Justice, Glenn Beck slams the work of James H. Cone and Black Liberation Theology. On the surface, what Beck says may be appealing; Cone does make people uncomfortable. With a black man in the White House and talk of a “post-racial” America, who wants to hear about lynching, of all things? Yes, it was horrible, but haven’t we put that behind us? Aren’t people who still want to bring “that” up just trying to stir up trouble? If Beck can somehow prove that Cone is wrong about the gospel—and

Religion and Politics

Union Theological Seminary wishes to Liberate Glenn Beck

Thanks to Rodney for this (via Facebook) Now, it is very funny, etc… and I don’t buy into Liberation Theology although I think it has something to offer. It is funny, nonetheless.