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date: 12 July 2020

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This essay examines the theoretical commitments of African American theology as they are expressed in its treatment of “religion” and in its conceptualization of the functions and tasks of theology. It argues that both practice and “critique of ideology” have always played a crucial role in African American theology. It discusses theory as a hermeneutical framework rooted in different social and academic contexts and perspectives and considers the ineluctable location of theory in the pluralivocality of the cultural politics of knowledge production. It also analyzes the three organizing categories associated with the theoretical commitments of African American theology: history, politics, and religion.

Keywords: theory, African American theology, religion, practice, critique of ideology, cultural politics, knowledge production, history, politics

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