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237 pages, Hardcover
First published May 1, 2011
Jesus Christ, in a real sense, was not any and every man. To have been really and truly man he had to be a particular man, born of a particular woman at a particular time and in a particular place. Only thus could he then be universalized, but with considerable caution because some things he did and said were relative and much harm has happened to the Christian enterprise in attempting to make absolute the relative. The divine kinosis (self-emptying) had to occur for the incarnation to be God really truly becoming man. And always God left himself open to being misunderstood
Black theology is attempting to do for a significant sector of Christianity precisely what the biblical authors were doing for the communities to which they addressed themselves. Since the occasions were various, the theologies which were produced and recorded in the Bible are themselves varied. Because of their particularity they must of necessity display a rich diversity. Who can seriously argue that the New Testament would be greatly improved if the four Gospels had been thoroughly harmonized into one account? Or that the books of Job and Ruth do not add a necessary counterbalance to Ezra- Nehemiah? That we do not on the whole possess in the Bible a far more wonderful thing with prophecy cheek by jowl with apocalypse, each genre with its own particular brand of theology? We risk losing a splendid richness if we decry the existence of many varied theologies in pursuing our desire for a premature universality and unity. Biblical unity comes not out of a uniformity of style or understanding, but from being centered on God's action in human history, on the record of this activity and of man's understanding of, distortion of, and response to this activity