Prof. James Cone on Liberation Theology

James Hal Cone

Submitted By Ahmed K. El-Shabazz

I am a Muslim, and as such I must bearswitness to the truth no matter who says it. Dr. Cone is one of the few men of religion that I have respect for, Muslim or Christian. He has work for 40 years trying to put forth what he calls Liberation Theology, which is why he is not seen on the TV of America the way other so-called “Christian Leaders” are seen. The following interview will explain why he is not. Here is Dr. Cone’s view of Liberation Theology:

“The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples. Either God is identified with the oppressed to the point that their experience becomes God’s experience, or God is a God of racism…. The blackness of God means that God has made the oppressed condition God’s own condition. This is the essence of the Biblical revelation. By electing Israelite slaves as the people of God and by becoming the Oppressed One in Jesus Christ, the human race is made to understand that God is known where human beings experience humiliation and suffering…Liberation is not an afterthought, but the very essence of divine activity. (A Black Theology of Liberation, pp. 63-64) “

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