Methodologies in African American Theology - Oxford Handbooks

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date: 29 November 2015

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Research on African American theology involves a varied and diverse methodology. Interpretation begins with an examination of religious knowledge that emerges from the historical and social experiences of peoples of black African descent in the United States and ends with a test of the validity of their religious beliefs in social situations endangering their freedom, quality of life, humanity, and survival. This essay examines the research methodology employed in African American theological interpretation, focusing on correlation and the use of symbols and themes that structure racial consciousness. It also considers religious and cultural sources that illuminate insights of black experience, along with contemporary research paradigms for the development of black constructive theology. Moreover, it looks at the views of James H. Cone regarding correlation as a fundamental method of African American theology and reflects on the role of womanist theology in contributing to the vibrancy of African American theology.

Keywords: African American theology, research methodology, religious beliefs, correlation, cultural sources, black experience, research paradigms, black constructive theology, James H. Cone, womanist theology

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