Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology

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The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology. Edited by Katie G. Cannon and Anthony B. Pinn. (Oxford: University Press, 2014, Pp. 516. $150.00.)

Among the most notable about the Oxford Handbook of African American Theology are its editors, Katie G. Cannon and Anthony B. Pinn. Katie G. Cannon is a womanist and theological liberation ethicist and is the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Cannon's Black Womanist Ethics (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2016) and Katie's Cannon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community (New York: Bloomsbury, 1998) are foundational in the study of womanist thought. Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. His scholarly work lies at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. Pinn has authored several books including, Why Lord? Suffering and Evil in Black Theology (New York: Bloomsbury, 1999); The End of GodTalk: An African American Humanist Theology (New York: Oxford, 2012); and noteworthy, Pinn со-edited, Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic (New York: Palgrave, 2004). The respect for the scholarly work of both Cannon and Pinn situates and authorizes this volume securely and provocatively in pointing African American Theology toward new horizons.

The thirty-four essays are divided into five sections. "Sources" contain eight descriptive essays focusing on Christian tradition, scripture, culture/cultural production, African American history, and African American experience. While also carefully pointing toward the explicit and implicit foundational ways that reason, theory, and methodology informs how African American theology develops over time; "Doctrines" presents eleven essays that include topics of God, Christology, the Holy Spirit, the church, heaven and hell, sin and evil. …

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