A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's Blues Project by E. Kornegay

By E. Kornegay

Using the chosen novels and essays of James Baldwin together with a idea and approach to queering, this booklet constructs a black theology of liberation that engages the vitally important query within the new millennium: How can we reconcile sexualities with religion? EL Kornegay, Jr. seeks to reply to that query through putting intercourse within the position the place rage produces theological violence understood as sexism and homophobia, and informs how we discuss sexuality on the subject of race, God, the gospel and liberation. as a result A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's, Blues undertaking and Gospel Prose is a 3rd iteration black theological venture that's the subsequent logical evolution past a black theology of liberation and black Womanist theology.

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This is James Baldwin’s allegorical defense. What is his defense concerned with? 89 This interrelatedness is based on a strict interpretation of the biblical text in relation to human restraint on the one hand and forced captivity on the other. Rowlandson uses her strict puritan interpretation of captivity to establish an allegorical connection to Job, while Marousis-Bush is relating his experience of the limitations caused by the metaphoric connection of puritanism to holiness Pentecostalism. ”91 Rowlandson establishes an allegorical connection between her experience of captivity with the suffering and redemption of Job that extends to God making it allegorical.

Was a disaster. In no way whatever has it replaced . . ”37 What was the destroyed is the gateway from black depravity to black liberation, which is the use of the blues in the church. Kelly Brown Douglas’s use of a blues methodology is quite helpful here. ”39 She argues that the nonbourgeois body represents the black underclass. In a similar fashion to Baldwin, Brown Douglas suggests that blues “is more than a music form; it is a story of black living. ”45 Second, similar to Baldwin, Brown Douglas points out that the problem of the black church can be found in its “attitudes toward issues of sexuality .

11 42 A Queering of Black Theology In describing Crunch’s singing, Arthur reveals a revision of the gospel from something meant to condemn black people into a Gospel that connects black people one to another. 12 In this case a young black homosexual male speaks out of this “new” linguistic paradigm—black religious vernacular—a language of liberating himself from the psychological trap of metaphorical blackness: the collision between the metaphorical images (of blackness) created by Protestant Puritan ideology, Christianity, and black bodies.

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