Download e-book for iPad: A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's Blues Project by E. Kornegay

By E. Kornegay

ISBN-10: 1137379065

ISBN-13: 9781137379061

Using the chosen novels and essays of James Baldwin together with a idea and approach to queering, this booklet constructs a black theology of liberation that engages the vitally important query within the new millennium: How will we reconcile sexualities with religion? EL Kornegay, Jr. seeks to reply to that query by means of putting intercourse within the position the place rage produces theological violence understood as sexism and homophobia, and informs how we discuss sexuality relating to race, God, the gospel and liberation. consequently A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's, Blues undertaking and Gospel Prose is a 3rd new release black theological venture that's the subsequent logical evolution past a black theology of liberation and black Womanist theology.

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As such, religious allegory is for Baldwin a “second consciousness” or “extended metaphor” that privileges sexuality, used as a defense against the puritanical ideals embedded within Holiness Pentecostalism, which he employs to tell the story of his black life. This is James Baldwin’s allegorical defense. What is his defense concerned with? 89 This interrelatedness is based on a strict interpretation of the biblical text in relation to human restraint on the one hand and forced captivity on the other.

The twoness of blackness becomes the void where the “foundations of society are hidden” and the safety many black people seek forever destabilized by the metaphorical uncertainty caused by likeness to an image they can never obtain. Metaphorically, their backs are placed perpetually against the wall: only allegory can set us free. Allegory becomes a hermeneutical defense against being torn asunder by puritanically induced twoness: something that is able to assuage suspicion with a more sustainable interpretive endeavor.

32 Baldwin says the accumulated rock of ages “deciphered itself as a part of my inheritance—a part mind you, not the totality . ”34 Baldwin says his inheritance, while “specifically limited and limiting,” was connected to his birthright that was “vast, connecting me to all that lives and to everyone forever. 36 According to Baldwin birthright is the “living proof” of inheritance. Birthright carries within it the accumulated 20 A Queering of Black Theology rock(s) of tradition. Tradition—black tradition—in particular is a means of accountability to the historical representations of what it means to be black (the accumulated rock of ages), both individually and collectively.

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