Black liberation theology

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James Hal Cone

Black liberation theology is the affirmation of Black humanity that emancipates black people from White racism. Based on victimology, it is essentially a highly selective interpretation of the Gospels in an attempt to co-opt Christianity to promote Communism and Marxism. Black Liberation Theology was coined by James H. Cone, PhD. in 1970, now teaching at New York's Union Theological Seminary. It is to reject the idea of God's universal nature in favor of race-based critique of theological provenance.

Liberation Theology

The idea of Liberation Theology came from supporters in Latin America and South America. Many in Liberation Theology movement realized that Christianity in its current form cannot be defeated. By selective interpretation, it was used by radical priests and nuns who supported the oppressed people and liberating revolutionaries; Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, the Shining Path terrorists in Peru and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.

James H. Cone, PhD

James H. Cone is the chief architect of Black Liberation Theology and wrote about the movement in his many books. As stated "Black Liberation Theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the Black community. If God is not for us and against White people, then he is a murderer and we had better kill him (God). Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the White enemy. What we need is the Divine love expressed in Black power. Which is the power of Black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity we must reject his love.

Ties To Marxism

Black Theology of Liberation by Cone laid the foundation for many to embrace Marxism and a distorted self-image of the perpetual "victim." "The Christian faith does not possess in its nature the means for analyzing the structure of capitalism. Marxism as a tool of social analysis can disclose the gap between appearance and reality, and thereby help Christians to see how things really are."

This victim identity invites a distorted view of reality, fosters nihilism, and divides rather than unites.

In 1979, Cornel West offered a critical integration of Marxism and black theology in his essay, "Black Theology and Marxist Thought." West calls for "a serious dialogue between Black theologians and Marxist thinkers." In his book, West believes that by working together, Marxists and black theologians can spearhead much-needed social change for those who are victims of oppression.[1]

Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Jeremiah Wright himself is a supporter of the Nation of Islam that latched onto the views of two race-based theologists, Dwight Hopkins and James H. Cone. Rev. Wright's statements are the heart of this theology. "Jesus was a poor black man" because he lived in oppression at the hands of "rich white people." The government is responsible for infecting blacks with HIV. Barack Hussein Obama's spiritual mentor of twenty years, Rev. Wright taught victimology, race-based theology mixed with Christianity.

See also

Black Liberation Theology Books

  • Black Power and Black Theology, (James H. Cone)
  • A Black Theology of Liberation, (James H. Cone)
  • God of the oppressed, (James H. Cone)
  • For My People: Black Theology and the Black Church (James H. Cone)
  • Heart and Head : Black Theology--Past, Present, and Future, (Dwight Hopkins)
  • Cut Loose Your Stammering Tongue : Black Theology in the Slave Narratives, (Dwight Hopkins)
  • Down, Up and over : Slave Religion and Black Theology, (Dwight Hopkins)
  • Introducing Black Theology of Liberation, (Dwight Hopkins)
  • Prophesy Deliverance : An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity, (Cornell West)
  • The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought, (Cornell West)
  • Black Power : Three Books from Exile Black Power; The Color Curtain; and White Man, Listen!, (Cornell West & Richard A. Wright)
  • The Black Church and Marxism: What Do They Have To Say To Each Other?, (James H. Cone)


  1. The Marxist Roots of Black Liberation Theology Acton Institute