Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus : Harlem Renaissance theology and an ethic of resistance / Reggie L. Williams ; foreword by Ferdinand Schlingensiepen.Material type: TextPublisher: Waco, Texas : Baylor University Press, Copyright date: ©2021Edition: Revised editionDescription: xx, 184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cmContent type:
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- BX4827.B57 W545 2021
|Hewitson Library, Presbyterian Research Centre
|BX4827.B66 W55 2021 (Browse shelf(Opens below))
First edition © 2014.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-177) and index.
Foreword to the revised edition / Ferdinand Schlingensiepen -- Preface to the revised edition -- Introduction -- To Harlem and back : seeing Jesus with new eyes -- A theology of resistance in the Harlem Renaissance -- Bonhoeffer in the veiled corner : Jesus in the Harlem Renaissance -- Christ, empathy, and confrontation at Abyssinian Baptist Church -- Christ-centered empathic resistance : Bonhoeffer's black Jesus in Germany.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer publicly confronted Nazism and anti-Semitic racism in Hitler's Germany. The Reich's 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 Germany's religious life. Bonhoeffer provided a Christian response to Nazi atrocities. In this book author Reggie L. Williams follows Dietrich Bonhoeffer as he encounters Harlem's black Jesus. The Christology Bonhoeffer learned in Harlem's churches featured a black Christ who suffered with African Americans in their struggle against systemic injustice and racial violence--and then resisted. In the pews of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, under the leadership of Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Bonhoeffer was captivated by Christianity in the Harlem Renaissance. This Christianity included a Jesus who stands with the oppressed, against oppressors, and a theology that challenges the way God is often used to underwrite harmful unions of race and religion. Now featuring a foreword from world-renowned Bonhoeffer scholar Ferdinand Schlingensiepen as well as multiple updates and additions, Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus argues that Dietrich Bonhoeffer's immersion within the black American narrative was a turning point for him, causing him to see anew the meaning of his claim 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. --From publisher's description.