The Hope of Exodus in Black Theology

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For generations, black Christians in the United States have found hope in the biblical story of Exodus. Refusing the white supremacist interpretation of Christianity as a religion requiring obedience to masters, black Christians have used the Exodus narrative to develop an interpretation of Christianity as a religion promising deliverance from slavery and oppression. This was a central motif in James Cone's black theology, as it emerged from the late 1960s struggles for black liberation. In subsequent decades, black scholars of Christianity such as Delores Williams, Eddie Glaude, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Willie Jennings have approached the story of Exodus in critical new ways that both complicate and renew the hope that it offers. In his lecture, Prevot will sketch this recent history of black Christian interpretation of Exodus and considers its implications for Christian theology today. 

Andrew Prevot also taught a master class on Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mystical Theology and "The Metaphysics of the Saints" on May 10.