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date: 30 May 2020

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This essay examines humanism within the context of African American theology, focusing on the work and personal commitments of numerous leaders within African American life and letters such as Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, and James Weldon Johnson. It first considers the relationship between Christianity and African American theology before turning to a discussion of the theism of African American theology. It then looks at early challenges to the theistic take on African American theology, with reference to the work of William R. Jones. Finally, it reflects on humanist theology as African American theology.

Keywords: humanism, African American theology, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, James Weldon Johnson, Christianity, theism, William R. Jones, humanist theology

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