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In this, his premiere work, Cornel West provides readers with a new understanding of the African American experience based largely on his own political and cultural perspectives borne out of his own life's experiences. He challenges African Americans to consider the incorporation of Marxism into their theological perspectives, thereby adopting the mindset that it is class ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 1982)
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Nicholas Bobbitt
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really interesting look into how Christianity effects African Americans' world.
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just finally got to finish Cornel West's Prophesy Deliverance. I recommend it and would like to share the following quote from the near the end:

“The genius of King's civil rights movement was that it seized upon the newly felt sense of black triumph of political liberalism within the belly of the segregated South, thereby sending progressive ripples throughout the country which culminated in the unleashing of the multifarious possibilities immanent in political liberalism for all Americans. Th
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Those who have had Cornel West as their teacher never forget him. For the rest of us, this book is as close as we get to the West of the classroom. We watch him posing questions, opening up problems by typologies, bringing his students immense intellectual distances in a short time, and making it all look easy.

The core argument here is about the roots of White supremacy; the core narrative, about African-Americans' political response to that ideology. West is an independent leftist, beholden to
Shay Gabriel
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The most academic/dense of Cornel West's books, written before he became the public figure he is today. If his fame has caused anyone to doubt his strong intellectual foundation, this book should remove those doubts.

West lays out his religious-political program thoroughly, pulling from Marxism, Christianity and the Black American experience. He deftly explains both Marxism's failures from a Christian perspective and the necessity of its economic analysis. This is a philosophic theology from the
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is Cornel West's first book and lays out a perspective that has infomred his writing over the last three decades even as that perspective has changed and matured. He gives a brilliant overview of Marxism, Prophetic Christianity, radical African American politics, and the influence of Western Culture on all of them. In typical West fashion, he says a bundle in each sentence, so this is not a quick or easy read. However, it is a great introduction to Black Liberation theology from a perspecti ...more
David Christian
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to give this a higher rating. I'm sympathetic to West's project of starting a dialogue between African American liberation theology and the anti-authoritarian strains of Marxism but as I read it became increasingly obvious that, at least in the subject of Marxism, he was sloppy and ill informed.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It seems like it was his college dissertation written in 1980. Since I read it in 2012, it needed an update for the past thirty years. It is basically an explanation of his religious and political views. He thinks liberal Christianity and a certain type of communism combined is the best hope for the world.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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a decent book although he takes a really long time to get to the point and at the end doesn't offer much in way of actual solutions. but an interesting read none-the-less.
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Cornel Ronald West is an American scholar and public intellectual. Formerly at Harvard University, West is currently a professor of Religion at Princeton. West says his intellectual contributions draw from such diverse traditions as the African American Baptist Church, Marxism, pragmatism, transcendentalism, and Anton Chekhov.
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