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date: 27 January 2021

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This essay examines the anthropology of African American theology, what qualifies it as theological, its object of study, and how the field has formed and subsequently developed. It begins by considering how African American theological anthropology has carried out the task of disrupting the “Word of Man,” and how it emerged and has elaborated a different account of the theological meaning of the human. It also looks at the emergence of African American theological anthropology, focusing on the black theology project of the late 1960s and early 1970s and the role of James H. Cone, as well as how African American theological anthropology has developed since its late-1960s and 1970s beginnings, with an emphasis on womanist theology. The essay concludes by referring to two texts that exemplify the latest work in African American theological anthropology: Anthony Pinn’s Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought (2010) and M. Shawn Copeland’s Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (2010).

Keywords: anthropology, African American theology, Word of Man, black theology project, James H. Cone, womanist theology, Anthony Pinn, M. Shawn Copeland

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