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date: 21 January 2021

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Liberation is an important component of African American experience and lies at the core of the historical development of African American theology. Within the classic formulation of African American theology in its most prophetic sense, liberation highlights the relationship between the black experience and a faith in God as an emancipatory force in the course of human affairs. In black theology, for instance, liberation is different from freedom. The emergence of black theology’s slow but steady focus on liberation was connected to the association between Black Power’s assault on white supremacy and the continued resonance of Christianity among African Americans. In addition to James H. Cone, others who tackled the subject of liberation in a direct fashion were J. Deotis Roberts, Cecil Cone, Gayraud Wilmore, William R. Jones, and Charles H. Long. Two current theological perspectives that could shape the future trajectory of how we understand and envision liberation within black theology are womanist theology and humanist theology.

Keywords: liberation, black theology, African American theology, African Americans, James H. Cone, J. Deotis Roberts, Gayraud Wilmore, William R. Jones, womanist theology, humanist theology

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