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James H. Cone (1938–2018)

Autor(a) de The Cross and the Lynching Tree

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About the Author

James Hal Cone was born in Fordyce, Arkansas on August 5, 1938. He received a bachelor of divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He became a central figure in the development of black liberation theology in the 1960s and mostrar mais 1970s. He spoke about racial inequalities that persisted in the form of economic injustice, mass incarceration, and police shootings. He joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in 1969 and was appointed to the distinguished Charles A. Biggs chair of systematic theology in 1977. He wrote several books including Black Theology and Black Power, A Black Theology of Liberation, Crosscurrents, and The Cross and the Lynching Tree, which received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion in 2018. He died on April 28, 2018 at the age of 79. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Associated Works

The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology (2012) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Diary of Malcolm X (2013) — Posfácio — 18 exemplares
America's Original Sin: A Study Guide on White Racism (1994) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares


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he cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era. - from the publisher… (mais)
PendleHillLibrary | 13 outras críticas | May 31, 2024 |
In his conclusion, Dr. Cone writes that the 'lynching tree frees the cross from the pieties of well-meaning Christians.' Reading The Cross & The Lynching Tree requires an inversion of logic, one that requires seeing Christ's teaching that 'he who will save his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for (His) sake will find it.' The Cross, like the lynching tree, was an instrument of terror designed to cow an oppressed people into submission and living with its reality liberates people from being silenced by the fear of it. Cone's teaching is a tremendous work of both scholarship and heartfelt preaching.… (mais)
DAGray08 | 13 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2024 |
Excellent and heartbreaking and quite the reckoning. The Christian God is a god of the oppressed. Those without power take solace in the cross and what came after. America was never a Christian nation, not with a history of violence like this. When will we stop being the oppressors.
KallieGrace | 13 outras críticas | Dec 18, 2023 |
Makes a significant contribution to the Black Revolution of mid-twentieth century America.
PendleHillLibrary | Dec 7, 2023 |



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