Apologetics Series: Liberating Black Theology by Anthony Bradley

Introduction “Apologetics” is a mouth full. It sounds more like a disease than a theological discipline. Although its popularity seems to be gaining both in print and on the web, it’s a relatively neglected field in pastoral ministry compared to Christ-centered biblical theology, gospel-focused ministry, etc. Even those who are somewhat familiar with apologetics may see it as important only for those who regularly deal with philosophy, not theology. Whatever the case, I’d like to argue, through a series of posts on a few key books, that apologetics may not be what you thought and may be vitally important for the church, regardless of one’s level of study or their occupation. Apologetics is a defense of the faith, so everyone who has faith is in one way or another on the hook to know how to defend it. So let’s get started. Liberating Black Theology by Anthony Bradley What does black liberation theology have to do with apologetics? Bradley’s book in particular is actually a modified version of his dissertation he did at Westminster Theological Seminary as part of his PhD in apologetics. Part of what makes this book stand out is that “it is interdisciplinary, engaging theology, sociology, anthropology and economics” (p. 14). Bradley states that his project is to …primarily focus on the role that victimology has played in the rise and fall of black liberation theology....

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