Noel Erskine and Black Liberation Theology and Book Reviews by Lynwood Walker, Lillian Webb, and James Washington (video)

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Noel Erskine, Lynwood Walker, Lillian Webb, James Washington

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Noel Erskine lectures on Black Theology. The discussion includes James Cone’s book “Spirituals and the Blues” as a first sustained attempt from a Black theologian to allow the needs of the Black community to form the shape and content of Black theology. Erskine further describes National Baptist Convention president Dr. J.H. Jackson’s opposition to Marxist theory as an interpretive tool for Black theology. He also calls attention to justification and sanctification both personally and socially within Black theology and the Black Church. Also included is a presentation by Lillian Web and book reviews by Lynwood Walker and Jim Washington.

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00:00:06 Noel Erskine talks about James Cone’s book concerning Black power and how some preachers urged outright rebellion against white power.

00:06:30 Talks about Black theologians taking great care to point out how God feels and what God intends to do with the oppressor’s and the oppressed.

00:07:30 Talks about the cardinal point in the doctrine of justification is the victory of God’s love over everything that contradicts and opposes it, and how Black theology affirms that in Jesus Christ God entered human history and engaged the forces of oppression in combat and has decisively defeated them.

00:14:06 Talks about how Black theologians have allowed needs of Black community to determine the Black theological agenda and how not until James Cone’s third book “Spirituals and the Blues” that a sustained attempt from Black theologian to allow the needs of the Black community to form the shape and content of Black theology.

00:17:21 Talks about the warning of Baptist preacher Dr. J. H. Jackson (president of the National Baptist convention) is to be taken seriously. Dr. Jackson believes for Black theology to take Marxist theory as an interpretive tool is for Black theology to become a theology of polarization.

00:20:42 Talks about directions for the future of Black theology must come from the Black church and justification must ask for sanctification.

00:22:29 Talks about liberation as the aim of sanctification Black theology must begin to call attention to the personal and social dimensions of sin as well as the personal and social dimensions of sanctification.00:22:31 Lecture presentation concludes.

00:28:10 Lillian Webb and C. Eric Lincoln.

00:28:38 Lillian Webb gives historical analysis of Mishal and Christianity.

00:34:26 Talks about Mishal being the fore runner of the media evangelist.

00:49:25 Talks about reaction to institutional racism and the void of spiritual vitality within the church (including Black church) by some Blacks was succession from Black and White dominated churches to organize sects which they believed nearly approximated early church (Holiness movements) .

01:00:19 Talks about all Black preachers who identify with and who interpret the Black experience merge the spiritual and secular sphere otherwise they cannot speak to the needs, frustrations, hopes and sorrows of their congregations. Talks about Black preacher as social critic and prophet.

01:16:40 Unidentified man chairs session and gives remarks and introduces book review presenters Linwood Walker, Jim Washington, Rena Smart, and Lenard Barat.

01:50:42 Video abruptly ends.


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