THE CROSS AND THE LYNCHING TREE
James H. Cone
Orbis Books, 2011
Cone analyzes how Christianity’s aspirations for transcendence intersect with its participation in the structure of American racism—a story frequently told in the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement but now largely forgotten. A professor of systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, Cone played an important role in educating Protestant ministers in the Sixties on the importance of supporting the Civil Rights Movement, and his earlier book A Black Theology of Liberation became one of the most significant Christian theological texts in the world. Here he is, forty years later, once again urging Christians to reject dogmatic formulas and tap back into the liberation energies he once stirred.
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