Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus Paperback

Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance

by Reggie L. Williams;

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Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer publicly confronted Nazism and anti-Semitic racism in Hitlers Germany. The Reichs political ideology, when mixed with theology of the German Christian movement, turned Jesus into a divine representation of the ideal, racially pure Aryan and allowed race-hate to become part of Germanys religious life. Bonhoeffer provided a Christian response to Nazi atrocities. 

In this book author Reggie L. Williams follows Bonhoeffer as he defies Germany with Harlems black Jesus. The Christology Bonhoeffer learned in Harlems churches featured a black Christ who suffered with African Americans in their struggle against systemic injustice and racial violenceand then resisted. In the pews of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, under the leadership of Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., Bonhoeffer absorbed the Christianity of the Harlem Renaissance. This Christianity included a Jesus who stands with the oppressed rather than joins the oppressors and a theology that challenges the way God can be used to underwrite a union of race and religion.

Bonhoeffers Black Jesus argues that the black American narrative led Dietrich Bonhoeffer to the truth that obedience to Jesus requires concrete historical action. This ethic of resistance not only indicted the church of the German Volk, but also continues to shape the nature of Christian discipleship today.

Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus by Reggie L. Williams was published by Baylor University Press in November 2014. The ISBN for Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus is 9781602588059.

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Details for Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaylor University Press (November 2014)
Number of Pages196
Thickness11 mm
Height230 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4316538
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