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Risks of Faith: The Emergence of a Black Theology of Liberation 1968-98

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"American religious thought at its best."--Michael Eric Dyson, author of I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the birth of Black Theology to James Cone's seminal work on the theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the philosophy of Malcolm X, to the importance of the environmental movement, Risks of Faith presents the best and breadth of Blac
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 10th 1999 by Beacon Press (MA) (first published 1999)
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Joey
Jul 08, 2016 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading James Cone was a fascinating walk in anthropology, sociology, and theology. In some ways, he was profoundly challenging and eye-opening. In others, he was disappointingly predictable and shallow. Sure, that probably describes all of us as people, but when we read the writings of those who purport to expound the gospel of Jesus Christ, we expect more.

Cone's power is in his perspective and in his assault upon what SHOULD be an obvious affront to Christianity – the oppression of human being
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Sade'
May 27, 2014 Sade' rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book, it took me through years of Black Theology and presented many imperative points oppression in general.
Drick
This book is a collection of essays written by Cone between the late 1960's and mid 1990's, which gives both the essential elements of Cone's thought, while also showing its growth and expansion. I found the section on Martin Luther King, Jr, and Malcolm X to be most insightful as Cone shows how the two leaders shared many similar views but different approaches,a nd how current black theolgoy is indebted to both. For anyone wanting an introduction to Cone, this is a great book.
Darrell Vandervort
Excellent collection of essays covering 40+ years. Especially poignant was the last essay on environmental racism. The essay, written in 1998, is still unfortunately accurate.
Austin
May 12, 2008 Austin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems to have lost some edge, but makes some creative theological claims about environmentalism, community justice, and what faith means to him in his later years.
Chantee
Jul 27, 2008 Chantee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I love James Cone and this book compiled a fair amount of his major essays/ideas and he signed it for me so I love this book!
Danny Everett
Mar 27, 2013 Danny Everett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good liberation theology treatise with a classical European systematic approach. Got to live Dr. Cone no matter the flavor.
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James Hal Cone is an advocate of Black liberation theology, a theology grounded in the experience of African Americans, and related to other Christian liberation theologies. In 1969, his book Black Theology and Black Power provided a new way to articulate the distinctiveness of theology in the black Church. James Cone’s work was influential and political from the time of his first publication, and ...more
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