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Sunday Inspiration: James Cone on Black Liberation Theology

May 25th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

Professor James H. Cone


There can be no Christian theology that is not identified unreservedly with those who are humiliated and abused. In fact, theology ceases to be a theology of the gospel when it fails to arise out of the community of the oppressed. For it is impossible to speak of the God of Israelite history, who is the God revealed in Jesus Christ, without recognizing that God is the God of and for those who labor and are over laden.

–James Cone in A Black Theology of Liberation


Biographical Notes: James H. Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College (B.A., 1958), Garret Theological Seminary (M.A., 1963), and Northwestern University (M.A., 1963 and Ph.D., 1965). The author of 11 books and over 150 articles, Professor Cone is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church.

For a more detailed account of Professor Cone’s scholarly work and professional achievements, visit THIS PAGE on the Union Theological Seminary website.

THIS LINK will take you to a 2008 NPR interview with Professor Cone.

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in Academia, African Americans, Black Liberation Theology, Current Events, Higher Education, James H. Cone, race, Union Theological Seminary

2 Responses

  1. Louise

    you have a very thoughtful blog

  2. Ajuan Mance


    Thanks for dropping in, and thank you for the complement. I hope that you’ll come back again.