Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theology.

โ€” James H. Cone

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Black racism is a myth created by whites to ease their guilt feelings.

As long as whites can be assured that blacks are racists, they can find reasons to justify their own oppression ofโ€™ black people.

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The coming of Christ means a denial of what we thought we were.

It means destroying the white devil in us. Reconciliation to God means that white people are prepared to deny themselves (whiteness), take up the cross (blackness) and follow Christ (black ghetto).

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The truth about injustice always sounds outrageous.

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Anger and humor are like the left and right arm.

They complement each other. Anger empowers the poor to declare their uncompromising opposition to oppression, and humor prevents them from being consumed by their fury.

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If we save the planet and have a society of inequality, we wouldn't have saved much.

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In the act of worship itself, the experience of liberation becomes a constituent of the community's being . . . It is the power of God's Spirit invading the lives of the people, "building them up where they are torn down and propping them up on every leaning side".

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The acid test of any truth is found in whether it aids victims in their struggle to overcome victimisation.

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The belief that the soul continues its existence after the dissolution of the body is a matter of philosophical or theological speculation rather than of simple faith, and is accordingly nowhere expressly taught in Holy Scripture

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Testimony is an integral part of the Black religious tradition.

It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in order to give account of the hope that is in him or her.

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One can lynch a person without a rope or tree.

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Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

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Anger and humour are like the left and right arm. They complement each other.

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About James H. Cone

Quotes 18 sayings
Birthday August 5, 1938

Patrick Cheng's Radical Love is not only an excellent introduction to LGBT theology but an important contribution to the discipline of theology and the life of the church. It is a must read for anyone who cares about the health of the church and theology today.

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Indeed our survival and liberation depend upon our recognition of the truth when it is spoken and lived by the people. If we cannot recognize the truth, then it cannot liberate us from untruth. To know the truth is to appropriate it, for it is not mainly reflection and theory. Truth is divine action entering our lives and creating the human action of liberation.

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To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people!

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Black churches are very powerful forces in the African American community and always have been. Because religion has been that one place where you have an imagination that no one can control. And so, as long as you know that you are a human being and nobody can take that away from you, then God is that reality in your life that enables you to know that.

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To sing about freedom and to pray for its coming is not enough.

Freedom must be actualized in history by oppressed peoples who accept the intellectual challenge to analyze the world for the purpose of changing it.

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