By K. Buhring

This e-book is a attention of significant modern Black and Jewish understanding of God, examining how profound religion in a simply God is continued, or even reinforced, within the face of rather awful and long-standing evil and ache in a neighborhood.

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In turn we get a glimpse of who we are and what we may become by understanding who God is in relation to us. Cone’s theological anthropology is formed partly in response to the claims of earlier theologians. Cone indicts white Christian theologians as racists when they prefer to discuss theology as an abstract, philosophical issue—God in Godself—at the expense of dealing with theology as a practical, ethical discipline—God as active in human history. 139 This mistake had been manifested, in different ways, in at least two theological schools of thought.

The role of humanity in this process must be further examined to better understand Cone’s theological enterprise. James Cone on Humanity For Cone the notion that theology is the study of God leads him necessarily to the study of humanity. We cannot know God apart from 42 God, Freedom, and Ethics God’s relationship to humanity. Cone explains the character of theology: “It is the divine involvement in historical events of liberation that makes theology God-centered; but because God participates in the historical liberation of humanity, we can speak of God only in relationship to human history.

Cone cites the Bible as the foundation of his assertion that God is liberator. It is in the Bible that one encounters a God who set Israel free from Egyptian bondage, sent prophets with messages of freedom, and ultimately became Incarnate in Jesus Christ, who lived among and ministered to the oppressed and outcast of 32 God, Freedom, and Ethics society. For Cone, God is the God of the oppressed who liberates and whose love is justice. Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, Cone believes that humans must take up God’s fight for freedom and struggle with the oppressed for liberation.

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