Christianity and Black Oppression - Class #2

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 23rd 2013 at 9:30 pm
The Brecht Forum - 451 West St, Manhattan

Class #2: Gulf Between Precept and Practice?: A Brief History of the Christian Religion


Chapters 4-6

In response to the critique of Christianity as a European dominated religion, several black theologians have promulgated theologies, such as, Jesus is Black.  There is also the view that there is a pristine Christianity that Europeans do not practice, but how this religious practice passed through two thousand years unfiltered no one can explain.  Religion is fundamentally a product of culture, and to understand the impact of Christianity and African people one has to explore the development of European culture over two millennia through Europe’s many wars of conquest on its own people and conquered nations worldwide including the ravaging of the African continent.   

Discussion:  Is there a gulf between a pristine Christianity and a Christianity that was passed down to us?

The emergence of Christianity as a religion of Empire

Religion and Culture in the Roman Empire.

The distinction between the Jesus of History and the Christ of faith

Additional Readings:

Cone, James H., God of the Oppressed, rev. ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997, c. 1975

Frazier, E. Franklyn, The Negro Church in America bound with C. Eric Lincoln, The Black Church since Frazier, New York, NY: Schocken Books, c 1974, c. 1973

Jones, William R, Is God a White Racist? : A Preamble to Black Theology, (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1998, c1973.

Lincoln, E. Eric, The Black Church in the African American Experience, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990

Morrison, Roy D II, “Black Enlightenment:  The Issues of Pluralism Priorities and Empirical Correlation in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. XLVI,  Issue 2 p. 217-240


This event is not sponsored by Center for Inquiry - New York City.