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Palgrave Macmillan

A Queering of Black Theology

James Baldwin's Blues Project and Gospel Prose

ISBN 9781137379061
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

Using the selected novels and essays of James Baldwin in conjunction with a theory and method of queering, this book constructs a black theology of liberation that engages the very important question in the new millennium: How do we reconcile sexualities with faith? EL Kornegay, Jr. seeks to answer that question by placing sex in the place where rage produces theological violence understood as sexism and homophobia, and informs how we talk about sexuality in relation to race, God, the gospel and liberation. Therefore A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's, Blues Project and Gospel Prose is a third generation black theological project that is the next logica evolution beyond a black theology of liberation and black Womanist theology.

EL Kornegay, Jr., is Adjunct Professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, USA.

1. The Prolonged Religious Crisis
2. Between James's Gospel and Jimmy's Blues
3. Living Exiled in the Promised Land
4. Queer Theory and Theological Signification
5. Conversion: Queer Theory and Black Theology
6. Desire: Queer Theory in the Black Church
7. Conclusion: James Baldwin, Queer Theory, and Theological Reflection


"EL Kornegay, Jr's A Queering of Black Theology performs for the reader as it plays an enchanting and griping song out of the primary writings from James Baldwin. No author has delved into Baldwin's raw cords of prophecy and pain to harmonize a hope out of race, sex, and religion. Every now and then a writer offers us a new song to sing, a new tune to hum. Kornegay has coopted Baldwin into his band of pioneering blues-jazz-soul knowledge."
- Dwight N. Hopkins, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology
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