Due to these issues Black Theology soon originated within the United States. The origination of Black Theology was only cracked open by the idea of slave theology. The origination of Black Theology first began when churches began to become segregated. Many could not understand how Whites could continue to behave this way in the Lords house. It was soon realized that this was because according to them their God allowed segregation.
White Christians saw god as more of a spiritual savior, while the reflection of God for blacks came in their struggle for freedom. Slave theology then opened up to Black theology which first began when churches began to become segregated. Many could not understand how Whites could continue to behave this way in the Lord’s house. It was soon realized that this was because, according to them, their God allowed segregation. It is obvious that over time Whites have created a particular image that most people see when they think about what Jesus looks like.
The black man’s response to God’s act in Christ must be different from the whites because his life experiences are different, Dr. Cone believes. In the “black experience,” the author suggested that a powerful message of biblical theology is liberation from oppression. Other theologians have also noted that African Americans require a different approach to counseling and healing. In Liberation and Human Wholeness: The Conversion Experiences of Black People in Slavery and Freedom, Dr. Edward P. Wimberly and his wife, Anne Streaty Wimberly, focused on the history of slavery and the wholeness of African Americans who are struggling with their inner self. In addition to the book, Dr. Wimberly created a workshop and seminar to help pastors and community leaders help African Americans who were once slaves.
Christians believe in one God who they worship, trust, and look up to. Since Christianity was first introduced in the early Colonial Period, African-Americans have used their Christian beliefs to fight horrible things that have gone on in America such as slavery and segregation. As African-Americans were captured through the slave trade and brought to the colonies they possessed many different religious beliefs. Many people are extremely ignorant in history and believe that all African-Americans were once united together as a whole in Africa. This was not nearly the case.
These assumptions are based on the faulty premises that the name of the church denotes that the church is only meant for African-Americans or that it is filled with racist’s teachings. Neither of those assumptions is true. The Africans communities established their own churches and ordained their own preachers who could relate to the struggle of being a slave and the struggle of being a free African in a strange land that spoke freedom but their action said something different. Although, the Civil war brought about change for Africans, along with this change it brought heart ache, despair and restriction of worship to the African... ... middle of paper ... ...he African Methodist Episcopal Church has a long history of struggles, victories and achievements. The Africans gained privilege to worship God in their own special way by forming their own church that represents who they were and what they believed.
Black Liberation Theology can be defined as the relationship that blacks have with god in their struggle to end oppression. It sees god as a god of history and the liberator of the oppressed from bondage. Black Liberation theology views God and Christianity as a gospel relevant to blacks who struggle daily under the oppression of whites. Because of slavery, blacks concept of God was totally different from the masters who enslaved them. White Christians saw god as more of a spiritual savior, the reflection of God for blacks came in the struggle for freedom by blacks.
White Christians `paid little attention to slaves' souls' (22), and often viewed them as less than human. In the early 1730's, evangelicalism began to gain strength amongst slave holders. It was believed that being Christian made the slaves better workers and obey their masters more fully. The movement to `Christianize' slaves was fully put forth by evangelist George Whitefield in 1740 (25). He traveled the countryside, `saving' slaves from all parts of the country, and Christianizing them to become better slaves.
The Church in the Southern Black Community: Introduction. Retrieved March 17, 2014, from http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/intro.html McMickle, M. A. (2002). An encyclopedia of African American Christian heritage. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press.
In an ironic fashion, slaves turned to Christianity and the God of the white man in hopes of attaining freedom and equality, yet ended up adding some of their own African culture to the equation, creating what we now label as “black religion.” Raboteau claims that essentially blacks were forced to compromise some of their traditional African heritage, such as singing and dancing, as they converted from worshipping African gods to the God of Christianity, but enough of their African culture was translated to Christianity that it created an African-American version of Christianity which as stated above is known as “black religion.” Both Cone and Wilmore’s writings are in agreement with Raboteau’s claim at the end of chapter two of Slave Religion. As to what is at stake for the study of African American religious history in this claim, I do not think it is what is at stake as much as it is what is to be gained for there is not much to lose. After all, it should not come as a surprise that the roots of African-American religion started during slavery as blacks came to the new world via the slave trade and living under the rules of the white man blacks were bound to adapt some of the white man’s culture. The fact that the beginning of black religion and theology can be traced back to slavery is logical for that reason. In my opinion, it says a lot about the spirit of the slaves to swallow their pride, accept the religion of their oppressors, and then add their own flavoring making it unique to them.
During the 1830s, abolitionists tried to reach and convert a mass audience. The main mission of these people was that they attempted to achieve immediate emancipation of all slaves and the ending of racial segregation and discrimination. Although abolitionist worked together and helped each other there were three that were the most recognizable. These three major abolitionists, Fredrick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and John Brown all helped spark the feud between the North and the South. Fredrick Douglass, an African-American abolitionist showed his thoughts on slavery through the voice of a former slave.