As the end of 2019 draws near, we highlight some of the most important theology books released this year…
Although some of these theology books will appear on our Advent calendar of 2019’s Best Books (and no, we won’t reveal here which ones will be on that list), we won’t say that these are the 12 BEST theology books — just that they are important ones that should be widely read and discussed…
We present these books in alphabetical order by the author/editor’s last name….
Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience
Knowing Christ Crucified is a powerful reading of the Cross of Jesus, both as it is written in scripture and in the experience of the poor and oppressed — particularly in the history of black people in America, from the time of slavery up to the present.
Beginning with the “dark wisdom of the slaves,” Shawn Copeland shows how enslaved people found in the story of Jesus both an affirmation of their humanity and a repudiation of a system that held them in bondage. She goes on to explore some of the challenges to human living in a world shaped and directed by white supremacy. And finally, she presses the meaning of solidarity in the concrete circumstances of American life.
These challenging essays reflect her efforts to read the book of the cross, and to grapple with what it might mean “to take up the cross daily and follow Jesus” with those crucified in our time.