Excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus by Reggie William

Black intellectuals of the Harlem, Renaissance were participants in a transnational movement that was critically examining the intersection of race and religion within modern colonialism. The Christianity birthed from that merger was crafted for a type of social resistance; it was racialized and fashioned to practice social detachment  and to resist the pattern of relational intimacy and joining that would characterize the gospel’s language of incarnation in order to accommodate itself to brutality and domination. pg.42

The assembly of the Western theological academy began in this diseased imagination when native people in “discovered ” land  received Christianity as a primarily evaluative practice, equipped to merge brutality and callous indifference to suffering with intellectual formation. pg. 43

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