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Ties That Bind : African American and Hispanic American/Latino/A Theologies in Dialogue - Anthony B. Pinn

Ties That Bind

African American and Hispanic American/Latino/A Theologies in Dialogue

By: Anthony B. Pinn (Editor), Benjamin Valentin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780826413260
Number Of Pages: 288

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The latter half of the twentieth century saw the development of liberationist and progressive theologies whose aim is both to understand life and to enhance it by focusing attention on the ways in which certain groups and ethnic minorities suffer injustices that are traceable to political economy and culture. Although African-American and Hispanic/Latino(a) theologies emerged side by side, the development and analysis of theology within these ethnic groups occurred independently of each other. That is to say, African-American and Hispanic/Latino(a) theologians and religious scholars have rarely inquired into the possibility and desirability of a cross-cultural dialogue between these two communities. Acknowledging both the previous lack of substantive dialogue and the present need for coalition among disadvantaged groups, five African-American and five Hispanic/Latino(a) theologians here explore their common historical and cultural heritage and their similar chronicle of struggle and affirmation. The aim is develop overarching meaning systems that encourage and sustain holistic imagination, notions of self and communal integrity, social activism, and solidarity. Among the topics treated are the core themes, concerns, and historical development of these two theologies; the roles played by scripture, tradition, imagination, and individual and collective experience; popular religion; Womanist and Mujerista theologies; ways of dealing with pain, suffering, and subjugation; and, finally, strategies for building bridges between communities of struggle.

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"The work is a welcome effort to bring the two largest 'minorities' in US Christianity into a shared discourse that is increasingly critical for the development of ways in which these and other faith-based communities can work together. This is a welcome text for courses in US liberation theology, especially on the graduate level."
Theological Studies, September 2002

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Theology in "Black" and "Brown": History, Issues, and Interpretation
Black Theology in Historical Perspective: Articulating the Quest for Subjectivityp. 23
Responsep. 36
Strangers No More: An Introduction to, and an Interpretation of, U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a Theologyp. 38
Responsep. 54
Theology and Its Reflexive Sources: Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Imagination
Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Imagination: A Redefinitionp. 61
Responsep. 74
"We See Through a Glass Darkly": Black Narrative Theology and the Opacity of African American Religious Thoughtp. 78
Responsep. 94
Theologizing with What's Popular: Theology and Popular Culture
Black Theology on God: The Divine in Black Popular Religionp. 99
Responsep. 113
Popular Religion, Political Identity, and Life-Story Testimony in an Hispanic Communityp. 116
Responsep. 129
Women's Experience and Theology: Reflections on Womanist and Mujerista Theology
Preoccupations, Themes, and Proposals of Mujerista Theologyp. 135
Responsep. 145
Womanist Theology: An Expression of Multi-dimensionality for Multi-dimensional Beingsp. 149
Responsep. 162
On Pain and Suffering: Theology and the Problem of Evil
Christian Doctrines of Humanity and the African Experience of Evil and Suffering: Toward a Black Theological Anthropologyp. 169
Responsep. 184
In Search of a Theology of Suffering Latinamentep. 187
Responsep. 200
Building Bridges: Reflections on Context, Identity, and Communities of Struggle
Building Bridges between Communities of Struggle: Similarities, Differences, Objectives, and Goalsp. 205
Responsep. 220
African American Christian Churches: The Faith Tradition of a Resistance Culturep. 223
Responsep. 234
Concluding Observationsp. 238
Notesp. 243
Selected Sourcesp. 275
Contributorsp. 285
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ISBN: 9780826413260
ISBN-10: 0826413269
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.34  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.43