Black theology as a discipline emerged in 1960s America, growing out of the experiences of Black people of the African Diaspora as they sought to re-interpret the central ideas of Christianity in light of struggle and oppression. However, a form of Black theology has been present in Britain since the time of slavery. 'Black Theology in Britain' offers the first comprehensive survey of Black theology, tracing its development in Britain from the eighteenth century to today. The essays cover a wide range of topics: Black Liberation; drama as a medium for Black theology; the perspective of Black women; Black theology in the pulpit and pastoral care; and the work of Robert Beckford and Anthony Reddie. 'Black Theology in Britain' is a key resource for students of British history, cultural studies, Black theology, and religious studies.
Chapter 1 Black Theology in Britain? Discerning a Rational for this Work Chapter 2 Roots of Black British Religiosity Roswith Gerloff: The African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Europe: From Pre-emancipation to the Present Day Lorraine Dixon: The Nature of Blck Presence in England before the Abolition of Slavery Edson Burton: Post Emancipation Religious Stratification in Jamaica 1865-1948 Claire Taylor: British Churches and Jamacian Migration - A Study of Religion and Identities 1948-1965 Chapter 3 Remembering the Forgotton Voices Valentina Alexander: Passive and Active Radicalism in the Black Led Church John Wilkinson: Black Theology at Queen's - The First Steps Chapter 4 Dread and Rahtid: Robert Beckford's Canon Robert Beckford: Jah would Never Give the Power to a Baldhead Robert Beckford: Liberation Theological Praxis (LTP) Robert Beckford: Kingdom of God and God of the Rahtid Robert Beckford: Whiteness Robert Beckford: Dub, Signification and the Trickster Motif Chapter 5 What are the Sistas Saying? Kate Coleman: Black Theology and Black Liberation: A Womanist Perspective Kate Coleman: Black Women and Theology Lorraine Dixon: Bells Hooks: Teller of Truth and Dreamer of Dreams Lorraine Dixon: Are Vashti and Esther our Sistas? The Stories of Two Biblical Women as Paradigmatic of Black Women's Resistance in Slavery Valentina Alexander: Afrocentric and Black Christian Consciousness: Towards an Honest Intersection Valentina Alexander: A Black Woman in Britain Moves Towards an Understanding of her Spiritual Rites Maxine Howell Baker: Towards a Womanist Pneumatological Pedagogy Chapter 6 Interpreting Texts Hyacinth Sweeney: The Bible as a Tool for Growth for Black Women Kate Coleman: Being Human: A Black British Christian Woman's Perspective Mukti Barton: Hermeneutical Insubordination Toppling Worldly Kingdom Joe Aldred: Paradigms for a Black Theology in Britain Michael Jagessar: Spinning Texts - Anancy Hermeneutics Valentina Alexander: Onesimus's Letter to Philemon Chapter 7 Communicating Black Theology -- Anthony Reddie's Writing Anthony Reddie: Faith Stories and the Experience of Black Elders Anthony Reddie: Nobodies to Somebodies: A Practical Theology for Liberation and Education Anthony Reddie: Acting in Solidarity: Black Voices Anthony Reddie: Acessing the Dramatic: Using Drama as a Medium for Doing Black Theology Chapter 8 Black Theology in Pulpit and Pew Kate Coleman: Arise and Build Wilfred Wood: The Good Neighbour Inderjit Bhogal: A Table in the Wilderness Michael Jagessar: The (Un)Forgiving King Anthony Reddie: Freedom Chapter 9 Roots and Routes Ronald Nathan: Caribbean Youth Identity in the United Kingdom: A Call for a Pan-African Theology George Mulrain: The Music of African Caribbean Theology Emmanuel Lartey: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counselling Michael Jagessar: Navigating the World of 'White' Ecumenism: Insights from Philip Potter Chapter 10 Future Trajectories Emmanuel Lartey: After Stephen Lawrence: Characteristics and Agenda for Black Theology in Britain