Reading Guides, VOLUME 10

James Cone Books – An Intro Reading Guide

James Cone Books

Tomorrow (August 5th) is the birthday of theologian James Cone.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to James Cone Books .

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)  A Black Theology of Liberation


Perhaps Cone’s most significant work. He offers a searing indictment of white theology and society, introduced a radical reappraisal of the Christian message for our time. Joining the spirit of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., Cone radically reappraised Christianity from the perspective of the oppressed black community in North America.

NOTE: The current edition of the book (linked above) is the 50th anniversary edition released in 2020. However, Google Books doesn’t offer a preview of this newest edition, so the prior edition is featured below.


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