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Contesting Post-RacialismConflicted Churches in the United States and South Africa$
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R. Drew Smith, William Ackah, Anthony G. Reddie, and Rothney S. Tshaka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462005

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.001.0001

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Contextuality of Black Experience and Contributions to a Wider Debate

Contextuality of Black Experience and Contributions to a Wider Debate

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(p.243) Contextuality of Black Experience and Contributions to a Wider Debate
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Contesting Post-Racialism
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Anthony G. Reddie

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.003.0015

This chapter locates this larger book project within the broader framework of Contextual Theology. It outlines the basic features and methodological points of departure in contextual theology, analyzing the seminal work of the Euro-American, Catholic theologian Stephen Bevans. It critiques Bevans’ typology driven, systematic approach to Contextual Theology, arguing that this method fails to appreciate the highly contested and politicized nature of the subject. The chapter concludes by highlighting the socio-political intent of black churches and Christianity across the world, demonstrating how this text seeks to problematize and articulate the dialectical nature of this growing phenomenon.

Keywords:   Contextual Theology, Stephen Bevans, Black Theology, Theologies of liberation, race

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