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Speaking The Truth Theology is Language about God Christian theology is language about Gods liberating activity in the world on behalf of the freedom of the oppressed Christian theology must begin with Scripture and with Christ Christian theology is language about the crucified and risen Christ who grants freedom to all who are falsely condemned in an oppressive society By using Scripture we are forced by Scripture itself to focus on our social existence but not merely in terms of our own interest In an attempt to do theology in the light of this crucified and risen Christ James A Cone has spoken of Christian theology as black theology because theology derived from the moans and shouts of oppressed black people defines a different set of problems than those found in the white the white theological textbooks The style of black worship is a constituent of its content and both elements point of the theme of liberation Black religion is by definition the opposite of white religion because the former was born in the black peoples political struggle to liberate themselves from oppression in the white church and the society it justifies The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s which was created and largely centered in the black churches with Martin Luther King Jr as its charismatic leader demonstrated the continuing relevancy of black religion in the struggle for political and social justice Not only were political strategy sessions held in the context of church worship but also many black ministers withdrew from formal denominational ties in order to devote full time to sit-ins freedom rides and other political activities But do to the increasing violence of the existing structures of North American society as well as black peoples determination t assert their freedom in opposition to it led many black civil rights workers to question kings uncompromising to the principle of nonviolence Black theology was born in
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