When the beliefs of Barack Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, assumed the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign, the influence of black liberation theology became hotly debated not just within theological circles, but across cultural lines. How many of today’s African-American congregations—and Americans in general—have been shaped by black liberation theology?

In this interdisciplinary, biblical examination of the black experience in America, Anthony Bradley introduces readers to black liberation theology and its spiritual and social impact. He starts with a critique of James Cone’s proposition that the “victim” mind-set is inherent within the black consciousness. Bradley then explores how such biblical misinterpretation has historically hindered black churches in addressing the diverse issues of their communities and prevented adherents from experiencing the freedoms of the gospel.

Yet Liberating Black Theology goes beyond a mere consideration of the ramifications of this belief system; it suggests an alternate approach to the black experience that offers true, Christ-exalting freedom. This book will be an important read for everyone who has struggled with how to think theologically and biblically about these issues, as well as for those looking for a sound introductory examination of this theology.