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1st Lecture - 2020: African American Religious History Series - Black Theology: The Life and Work of James Cone with Professor Curt Cadorette

James Hal Cone (August 5, 1938 – April 28, 2018) was an American theologian, best known for his advocacy of black theology and black liberation theology. His 1969 book Black Theology and Black Power provided a new way to comprehensively define the distinctiveness of theology in the black church.  His message was that Black Power, defined as black people asserting the humanity that white supremacy denied, was the gospel in America. Jesus came to liberate the oppressed, advocating the same thing as Black Power. He argued that white American churches preached a gospel based on white supremacy, antithetical to the gospel of Jesus. Cone's work was influential from the time of the book's publication, and his work remains influential today. His work has been both used and critiqued inside and outside the African American theological community. He was the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary until his death in 2018.  (Wikipedia, 1.2020)


Professor Cadorette is a long-time and distinguished member of the Religion and Classics Department at the University of Rochester.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books.  Among those books are:

Liberation Theology: A Reader. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992 (an edited text produced in conjunction with three other author-editors). Sixth edition, 1998. and,

From the Heart of the People: The Theology of Gustavo Gutiérrez. New York: Meyer Stone/Crossroad/Continuum, 1988.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Central - Kusler-Cox Auditorium
Central Library
  Subject - Lecture  

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