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Black Liberation Theology

Black theology, or black liberation theology, refers to a theological perspective which originated among African-American seminarians and scholars, and in some black churches in the United States and later in other parts of the world.

Black Theologians

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James Cone

As Cone writes: “The gospel of Jesus is not a rational concept to be explained in a theory of salvation, but a story about God’s presence in Jesus’ solidarity with the oppressed, which led to his death on the cross. What is redemptive is the faith that God snatches victory out of defeat, life out of death, and hope out of despair.” Cited by many as the grandfather of black theology and the founder of black liberation theology, Cone’s legacy lives on in the next generation.

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Octavia Albert

African-American author and biographer. She documented slavery in the United States through a collection of interviews with ex-slaves in her book The House of Bondage, or Charlotte Brooks and Other Slaves, which was posthumously published in 1890.

Vincent Bacote

Vincent Bacote

Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.

He is the author of Reckoning with Race and Performing the Good News: In Search of a Better Evangelical Theology (2020), The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005), and has contributed to books including On Kuyper (2013), Aliens in the Promised Land (2013), Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012).

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Brian Bantum

A professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University and the author of Redeeming Mulatto. He is a sought-after speaker on the issues of Christianity and race relations.

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K.A. Ellis

Holds an MFA from Yale University and a master of art in religion (theological) from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and is a doctoral candidate at Oxford Center for Mission Studies in Oxford, England. She speaks and writes on the theology of human rights, African-American culture, understanding Islam, and the persecuted church.

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Robert Beckford

British academic theologian and currently Professor of Black Theology at The Queen's Foundation, whose documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4 have caused debate among the Christian and British religious community.

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Anthony Reddie

Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford and an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa. He is specializing in black theology. 

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Esau McCaulley

 Associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and theologian in residence at Progressive Baptist Church, a historically Black congregation in Chicago.

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M. Shawn Copeland

“Theology must learn to see in the dark,” M. Shawn Copeland wrote in Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience (Orbis). A womanist theologian, she is professor emerita of systemic theology at Boston College and her areas of work focusses on theological and political anthropology. She was the first African American to serve as president of the Catholic Theology Society of America. Her work – including the  Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Freedom (Fortress Press), focuses on the inter-relationship between my black African identity and the unique lens this provides into the gospel.

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Wil Gafney

Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, is a force to be reckoned with. Her book Womanist Midrash (Westminster John Knox Press) brings together black feminism, womanism, contemporary illustrations and ancient Hebrew practice with theology to speak profoundly to the everyday experience of what it is to be black, female and Christian.