Race: A Theological Account by J. Kameron CarterRace: A Theological Account by J. Kameron Carter

Race: A Theological Account

byJ. Kameron Carter

Hardcover | September 15, 2008

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This groundbreaking monograph promises to open a new chapter in black theology. J. Kameron Carter argues that black theology's intellectual impoverishment in the Church and the academy is the result of its theologically shaky presuppositions, which are based largely on liberal Protestantconvictions. He critiques the work of such noted scholars as Albert Raboteau, Charles Long and James Cone, and argues that black theology must rebuild itself on completely new theological foundations. He lays these foundations by means of a remarkable synthesis between African-American religioushistory and Christian orthodoxy. Carter urges black theologians to look back beyond the Enlightenment and the rise of race theory, and to bring patristic Christology into conversation with the modern construction of race and being. He himself draws primarily on the writings of Irenaeus of Lyons,Gregory of Nyssa, and Maximos the Confessor in constructing his innovative Christology.
J. Kameron Carter is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University. He received a tenure-track position on the basis of this work. He is considered by many to be an up and coming star in his field.
Title:Race: A Theological AccountFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195152794

ISBN - 13:9780195152791


Table of Contents

Introduction: Prelude on Christology and Race: Irenaeus as Anti-Gnostic IntellectualPart I: Dramatizing Race: or, A Theological Account of Modernity1. The Drama of Race: Toward a Theological Account of Modernity2. The Great Drama of Religion: Modernity, the Jews, and the Theo-Politics of RacePart II: Engaging Race; or, The Field of African American Religious Studies3. Historicizing Race: Raboteau, Religious History, and the Ambiguities of Blackness4. Theologizing Race: Cone, Liberation, and the Theological Meaning of Blackness5. Signifying Race: Charles H. Long and the Opacity of BlacknessInterlude on Christology and Race: Gregory of Nyssa as Abolitionist IntellectualPart III: Redirecting Race: Outlines of Theological Program6. The Birth of Christ: or, A Theological Reading of Briton Hammon's 1760 Narrative7. The Death of Christ: or, A Theological Reading of Frederick Douglass's 1845 Narrative8. The Spirit of Christ: or, A Theological Reading of the Writings of Jarena LeePostlude on Christology and Race: Maximus the Confessor as Anti-Colonialist IntellectualEpilogue

Editorial Reviews

"An intellectual tour de force! This book demonstrates great intellectual range and theological imagination; it should be read by all students of theology, religious studies and African American religion and history. I have nothing but praise for this work by a young African American scholar who must be reckoned with." --James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary "Jay Kameron Carter has written an extraordinarily insightful and sophisticated analysis of race as it has been constructed in modern philosophy and theology. His study reconceptualizes modernity and demonstrates the centrality of religion to any understanding of racism." --Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College