One of my favorite episodes of Chappelle’s Show is the one where they have the Racial Draft and the Black people team drafts Tiger Woods with the first pick. Celucien did not tag anyone but he did start a meme with our favorite top scholars not of European descent, so I decided to have a Racial Draft for theological and biblical studies.
1 (a): Kazoh Kitamori’s Theology of the Pain of God: The First Original Theology from Japan has been influential in the way I view Christian theology and ethics. He made the case for a orthodox case for a suffering God from the Hebrew Bible and Christian tradition in light of his experiences in post-World War II Japan.
1 (b): I have enjoyed reading works by James Hal Cone but my favorite and his most influential book for me continues to be A Black Theology of Liberation. He shows the importance of stressing God’s mission to set the oppressed free. Also, Cone is a very cool man in person.
1 (c): Leonardo Boff is a person that I admire not only because of his excellent work in theology but also because of his grassroots activism and his enduring persecution by his Church. His Trinity and Society is an excellent constructive theological endeavor about the Trinity and the doctrine’s political implications.
1 (d): I have met Miguel De La Torre a couple of times as well. He is a very good, articulate lecturer, especially on issues pertaining to racism. His Liberating Jonah convinced me that it is possible to bring postcolonial thinking to laypersons and that I do not have to celebrate the life of Christopher Columbus. While I have some disagreements with it, his A Lily Among the Thorns is not bad either.
1 (e): I could not make this list without mentioning Vanderbilt’s Stacey Floyd Thomas. As a former mentor and professor at Brite, she has done excellent work in the way of postcolonial studies, womanist thought, social ethics, and theology. I constantly go back to read Deeper Shades of Purple and herMining the Motherlode is also great.
1 (f): Dr. Floyd-Thomas’s mentor,Katie Canon, and her work also hold a special place in my heart. In my opinion, Canon’s Black Womanist Ethics could possibly represent a postcolonial approach to virtue ethics.
1 (g): This summer I had the opportunity to take a Womanist Theology and Spirituality course with SMU Perkins’ Karen Baker Flectcher. Her Dancing With God combines constructive theology with womanist thought and the Patristic tradition (especially Eastern Orthodoxy). It also represents the first Black/Womanist theology work on the doctrine of the Trinity.
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Truth and Peace,