[C. Shelby Rooks Address on the State of Black Theological Education] (audio)

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Lawrence N. Jones, SSBR: Ten Year Reflections. Tape 4 of 6


C. Shelby Rooks

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This audio features an address by C. Shelby Rooks on the state of Black theological education. In his address, he discusses Black faculty and students. Also included in this audio are comments on Black Theology and writing by Charles Long and James Cone. There is also a presentation by Professor Robert Bennett on the Old Testament and Africa.

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00:00:03 Audio begins with a prayer by unidentified man, who introduces C. Shelby Rooks.

00:01:42 C. Shelby Rooks gives an address about fact books in theological education. He talks about his career hopes and career history.

00:08:11 Talks about Black faculty members at predominately white seminaries.

00:10:11 Talks about changes in seminaries since 1960.

00:20:26 Talks about the small pool of Black religious scholars.

00:29:06 Talks about Virginia Union and ITC growth in school size.

00:29:54 Talks about perception of Black students on theological education.

00:34:22 Talks about Charles Copher’s five elements of Society for the Study of Black Religion’s dream.

00:44:47 Talks about relational issues and the response by Black theological educators to the potential divisive pluralism.

00:46:20 Chuck Long talks about Black theology as it relates to the Black church.

00:48:55 Unidentified female talks about publishing.

00:50:34 James Cone talks about writing because of the passion and worth of the work.

01:07:48 Professor Robert Bennett talks about the Old Testament and Africa.

01:09:12 Bennett talks about personal considerations and the reason he is in Biblical field.

01:14:10 Talks about methodological considerations and western intellectual history.

01:27:36 Audio ends.


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