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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – March 2023

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in March 2023 :

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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Theology Books March 2023

Black is a Church: Christianity and the Contours of African American Life

Josef Sorett

(Oxford UP)

In Black is a Church, Josef Sorett maps the ways in which black American culture and identity have been animated by a particular set of Protestant ideas and practices in order to chart the mutually reinforcing discourses of racial authenticity and religious orthodoxy that have made Christianity essential to the very notion of blackness. In doing so, Sorett reveals the ways that Christianity, white supremacy, and colonialism coalesced in the modern category of “religion” and became formative to the emergence of black identity in North America.

Black is a Church examines the surprising alliances, peculiar performances, and at times contradictory ideas and complex institutions that shape the contours of black life in the United States. The book begins by arguing that Afro-Protestantism has relied upon literary strategies to explain itself since the earliest years of its formation. Through an examination of slave narratives and spiritual autobiographies, it shows how Protestant Christianity was essential to the establishment of the earliest black literary forms. Sorett then follows Afro-Protestantism’s heterodox history in the convergence of literature, politics, and religion at the end of the nineteenth century. And he shows how religious aspirations animated early calls for a “race literature” and “the color line” provided an organizing logic for religious innovations as divergent as pluralism and Pentecostalism. From the earliest literary productions of the eighteenth century to the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the
twenty-first, religion–namely Protestant Christianity–is seen to be at the very center of black life in North America.


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Theology Books March 2023

Paul’s Gospel, Empire, Race, and Ethnicity: Through the Lens of Minoritized Scholarship

Yung Suk Kim, Ed.

(Pickwick Publications)

Contributors to this volume, who represent diverse cultures and perspectives of Asian descent, African American heritage, and Latin American culture, explore Paul’s gospel in critical contexts and its implications for race/ethnicity. Key questions include: What is Paul’s gospel? Is it for or against the Roman imperial order? Does Paul’s message foster true diversity and race relations? Or does it implicate a racial hierarchy or racism? This volume engages readers in conversation with the politics of interpretation in Paul’s gospel. How much is it political? Which Paul do we read? This collective volume is the clarion call that biblical interpretation is not an arcane genre in the ivory tower but engages current issues in the real world of America, where we must tackle racism, the Western imperial gospel, and the rigid body politic.

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  1. Thank for keeping at this – much appreciated! 🙂