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Black Theology

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Author(s): Cone, James H.
1. Theological Discipline and Historical Roots 1.1. The term “black theology” first appeared as a description of a theological movement in the United States with the publication of James H. Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power in 1969 (North American Theology 8). Its meaning was derived from a community of African American clergy and laypersons (Black Churches 1) who were struggling to understand the meaning of their identity as black and Christian in the white racist society of America, which also claimed to be Christian and the leader of the free world. If the Ch…


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Author(s): Fahlbusch, Erwin | Wirz, Albert | Szabó, Eszter | Cone, James H.
Overview The “Slavs,” an ancient people of east-central Europe, were conquered and sold into bondage so frequently during the Middle Ages that their name eventually became synonymous with the state of servitude. “Sclavus,” their original title, came into MEng. as sclave, with the meaning “one bound to servility” attached as early as the ninth century. Evidently, by that time it already made no difference to which race these “slaves” belonged. By means of slavery, whether the ownership and dependence be physical or otherwise, certain people become the property of o…