A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's Blues Project by E. Kornegay

By E. Kornegay

Using the chosen novels and essays of James Baldwin at the side of a conception and approach to queering, this ebook constructs a black theology of liberation that engages the vitally important query within the new millennium: How can we reconcile sexualities with religion? EL Kornegay, Jr. seeks to respond to that query by way of putting intercourse within the position the place rage produces theological violence understood as sexism and homophobia, and informs how we speak about sexuality with regards to race, God, the gospel and liberation. for this reason A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's, Blues venture 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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87 Second, what is the defense? Referring to the use of Joban allegory, Jeremy Marousis-Bush says that “anyone who has been raised in a strict Christian, bible-based environment” could easily make allegorical connections between the trouble in their lives and religious belief. ”88 The idea of a “strict-Christian, bible-based environment is key to understanding Baldwin’s allegorical defense. Baldwin is not in tension with or absconding any portion of his religious heritage: he is in tension with puritanism and is using black religious allegory to overcome sublimation of the black body.

I have never found this remark very funny. 42 Puritanism as a fundamental historical social-cultural-religious problem for Baldwin is expressed and symbolized as a part “rock” of inheritance, which includes puritan beliefs in the American Republic. 43 Puritanism is an important theme within Baldwin’s corpus. The symbolic and mythological language of puritanism provides the metaphorical equation of twoness with produces the likenedness for what it means to be both black and religious in America.

Homophobia and sexism are two primary examples of depravity and puritanism found in the black church. Most if not all critiques of Baldwin’s work centers on the issue of his embrace of homosexuality and the black body. The black church is a site of internalized oppression buried beneath black Christian church claims and symbols of respectability. 36 This means that the black church and its use of the Christian Gospel are symbols of redemption from the contagion of black sexuality and proclaiming proper sexual conduct.

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