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date: 25 May 2020

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In her 1999 book Sexuality and the Black Church, womanist theologian Kelly Brown Douglas offered a major contribution to the sacred canon of black theology by addressing sexuality in the academy and black church. African American theologians are so reticent about sexuality and the construction of a sexual theology, perhaps due to black theology’s primary task in tackling racism that adversely affects black people in America or because sexual expressions outside of a heterosexual marriage are considered taboo. In 1979, Jacqueline Grant asked how black liberation theology addressed the pain and suffering of black women in churches and beyond. Grant, along with other African American women theologians such as Katie Cannon, Delores Williams, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Linda Thomas, criticized James H. Cone for speaking against racial injustice but not about similar offenses committed by black male clergy and church leaders against black church women.

Keywords: Kelly Brown Douglas, black theology, sexuality, black church, sexual theology, racism, Jacqueline Grant, liberation theology, black women, James H. Cone

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