With all the memes wishing a good riddance to 2016, and John Oliver’s epic send-off to this annus horribilis, it may seem small comfort that this was a year that might be remembered as one of the most important in a long time in my corner of the scholarly universe: for works that illuminate race and
CHR Comment: In view of this collection, scholars for this history are focused on liberation theology (Black theology) and on non-Christian religions that emerged among African Americans. These are valid fields of study yet I wonder what new histories are available on traditional, Trinitarian Christianity among African Americans, since they make up the great majority of African American churches.
Source: Year-End Best Books in Race and Religion in American History | Religion Dispatches
(UPDATED) Larycia Hawkins ‘flummoxed and flabbergasted’ by decision; Chicago Tribune had praised ‘remarkable tolerance’ of both sides.
CHR Comment: College leadership has asked Prof. Hawkins to explain her understanding of the college’s statement of faith four times and on a variety of issues including: theology proper, liberation theology, and sexuality. It seems clear that Prof. Hawkins is pushing the boundaries of her institution’s understanding of the Christian faith. The article explains that her views are minority positions held among American Evangelicals. Her tenure with the college is terminated for two years but may be restored.
Source: Wheaton College Recommends Terminating Tenured Professor over… | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com
This story describes the surprise visit of Liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez as a speaker at a Roman Catholic conference on charity. Gutierrez was associated with Marxist views, which were mixing with Christian ideas about equality and poverty, leading to armed attempts to enforce equality.
AP – Liberation theology rehabilitation continues at Vatican.