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The way of the black Messiah : the hermeneutical challenge of black theology as a theology of liberation
Witvliet, Theo.
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Uniform Title:
Weg van de zwarte Messias. English
First English edition.
Publication Information:
London : SCM Press, 1987.
Physical Description:
xiv, 332 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Translation of: De weg van de zwarte Messias.

Includes index.
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BT82.7 .W5713 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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``My final word is that he belongs with us,'' wrote Gayraud Wilmore, a leading black theologian in his foreword to the book, paying the highest compliment to Witvliet, a white Dutch journalist-theologian. Witvliet's work is a brilliant, insightful, and sensitive overview and critique of the movement of black liberation theology. It ranks as one of the best critical interpretations available. As a theological reporter, Witvliet has followed closely the development of liberation theologies in Third World countries in A Place in the Sun (CH, Dec '85) and in the US. Witvliet's book involves several levels of analysis: first, he gives a careful review of the events and personalities that gave rise to black liberation theology; second, he brings the ideas of the major black liberation theologians into a critical dialogue with the views of European theologians; third, he adds insights from the traditions of Third World theologians. One of Witvliet's major contributions is his insight that black theology has failed to come to grips with ``pneumatology,'' the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. He provides the evidence for this criticism by pointing to the movement of the Spirit and spirit possessions in African religions, slave religion, and worship traditions of black churches. His book provides extensive notes and a bibliographical survey of the most important works on black churches and theology. Witvliet's study is highly recommended for specialists, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.-L.H. Mamiya, Vassar College