Wanted Dead or Alive

A Black Theology of Renewal

in Pneuma
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This essay explores the relationship between black theology and renewal theology and assesses the ongoing relevance of black theology to the mission and future of the black churches. Recent writings by Eddie Glaude, Raphael Warnock, James Cone, and Peter Paris are considered in conversation with the works of Brian Bantam, J. Kameron Carter, and Willie Jennings, whose imaginative attention to Christology, pneumatology, and ecclesiology provokes thoughtful engagement of issues of race, gender, power, and privilege in the context of renewal and the global impact of Pentecostalism more than a century after the Azusa Street Revival led by William J. Seymour.

Wanted Dead or Alive

A Black Theology of Renewal

in Pneuma




Eddie Glaude Jr.“The Black Church Is Dead,” Huffington PostFebruary 24 2010. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eddie-glaude-jr-phd/the-black-church-is-dead_b_473815.html (accessed December 20 2013).


Raphael G. WarnockThe Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology Piety and Public Witness (New York: New York University Press2013).


WarnockDivided Mind of the Black Church39.


Peter J. Paris“The Theologies of Black Folk in North America: Presidential Address to the American Theological Society, March, 2012,” Theology Today 69 no. 4 (2013): 402.


See J. Deotis RobertsLiberation and Reconciliation: A Black Theology (Philadelphia: Westminster Press1971).


J. Kameron CarterRace: A Theological Account (New York: Oxford University Press2008).


Willie James JenningsThe Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (New Haven: Yale University Press2010) 266–267.


Cheryl J. SandersSaints in Exile: The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture (New York: Oxford University Press1996).


Millner“Can a Dead Black Theology Be Resurrected as a Pentecostal Theology?” 296.



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