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Introducing Black Theology of Liberation by Dwight N. HopkinsDwight N. Hopkins situates black theology in the context of the African American church and in opposition to white-dominated theologies. After a brief introduction to black theology during the slave period, Hopkins traces its more recent history--from the Civil Rights era (1950s and 1960s) to the present. He considers the generation of the founders, examines the second generation (which came at theology from different political and cultural perspectives), and then treats more modern movements (especially vis-a-vis women and the Third World). He concludes with reflections on the challenges facing black theology today. James H. Cone offers a collection of essays he wrote over the last 30 years. He argues that Christ's central message to 20th-century Americans is black power, supports women's greater participation in the black church, and encourages black undergraduates to recognize the role of theology in their studies. He also suggests that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had a complementary influence on black theology. This book has the potential to make readers who are not African American somewhat uncomfortable because of the challenges they contain. Still, all readers would benefit from a reflective study of these thoughtful texts. Recommended for African American studies collections, seminaries, and larger libraries.
She wrote in the Preface, "This book is about emerging Asian women's liberation theology. I intend to present the context and specific contributions of emerging Asian women's theology out of their struggle for survival and liberation."
She begins by observing, "Doing theology is a personal and a political activity. As a Korean woman, I do theology in my search of what it means to be fully human in my struggle for wholeness and in my people's concrete historical fight for freedom...My theological questioning neither falls from the sky nor is derived primarily from the academy. Rather, it comes from my anger and hope as a Third World woman who refuses to be victimized by any kind of colonialism. My theology is also inspired by my burning desire for self-determination, and it originates from a liberation-oriented, Third World interpretation of people's history."
She regrets that, although she now has decided that she "would not waste my life solving the theological puzzles of the people who were the cause of our suffering," she spent most of her theological education "reacting against white European and North American theologies," and "hardly found the time and energy to construct my own theology."
She suggests that Asian women's yearning for, and rediscovery of, a Godhead "which contains both male and female qualities," is the same yearning for full humanity "in which both males and females are fully represented as equal partners." Nevertheless, she points out that many Asian women feel closer to Mary as a model for full humanity than to Jesus, "for the obvious reason that Mary is a woman."
This is an excellent contribution to the emerging field of Asian women's theology, and very much worth reading. [Reader review posted on Amazon]
Introducing Latinx Theologies by Edwin David Aponte; Miguel A. De La TorreThis basic introduction describes both Protestant and Catholic traditions, including the fundamental principles underlying the ways Hispanics approach theology. Showing how their outlook has been shaped by historical and cultural movements including colonialism and Christian mission this book provides the ideal introduction to a vibrant and distinctive way of doing theology.