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Theology is widely accepted as the study of God and religious beliefs. Liberation theology applies the study of God and religious beliefs, to the study and experience of racial, gender and class oppression. As such, liberation theology is a theology of, by, and for those doing (as in praxis) the theology and those in solidarity with them. Such reasoning has led to formations of various liberation theologies (Yellow, Red, and Black) that speak to various oppressed groups. From this line comes, the philosophy of Black liberation theology, which seeks to liberate people of color from multiple forms of political, social, economic, and religious subjugation by interpreting Christian theology as a theology of liberation. As Black Liberation Theology aligns itself with the oppressed, this paper recalls the subversive memory of slavery to ask whether there could be a White Liberation Theology; which would look at White privilege (oppressor).
Black Liberation Theology is the systematic analysis of the historical Black experience in the United States, which in affirms slave/African American humanity in the world. It is, according to one of the original advocates of the philosophy, James H. Cone, “A rational study of the being of God in the world in light of the existential situation of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the Gospel, which is Jesus Christ.” Black liberation theology is systematic in that it has evolved over four hundred years, dating back to the first Africans that were stolen and brought to this country. This theology originated with the slaves as they incorporated their spiritual and holistic understandings of the universe into the distorted Christianity of passivity and repr...


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