From pastor, scholar, and best-selling author, Marvin McMickle, comes this new volume that considers the evolution of liberation theologies in their historic and cultural contexts. Beginning with the authors own formative experiences with the Black theology of James Cone, exploring the socioeconomic implications of Latin American liberation theologies, and considering in depth the theologies of feminist scholars, womanist theologians, and women in ministry. More than a chronological history or intellectual analysis, this book breathes with lived faith and practical theology, acknowledging the contexts out of which theologies of liberation emerge and the transforming impact they have on the social and political lives of Christians today.
Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, with depth and discernment, has again invited us to an experience where head and heart, reflection and praxis, classroom and church meet in a moment of discovery. His present writing weds personal story, careful research, and informed theological analysis in a fashion that engages the academy and creates accessibility for the pulpit, pew, and the public. In both a substantive and suggestive manner, Dr McMickle explores and exposes the contextual realities that give rise to liberation theology, including the key proponents in its development, the constructs emerging from it, and the responses to its diverse expressions. Every reader will be introduced to excellent resources, meaningful information, insightful analysis, and moving presentation. Dr. McMickle, immersed in scholarly preparation and faithful embodiment, has consistently transcended the arbitrary demarcations between disciplines, professional locations, and the larger community. This writing will benefit scholars, students, and seekers. All who read it will find truth that will set us free. Dr. John W. Kinney, Professor of Theology, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
“No one has ever written such a thorough and many-sided approach to liberation theologies. Not only is the scholarship profound, but Dr. McMickle’s unique life has intertwined with the majors leaders in each of these movements.” —Dwight N. Hopkins, PhD, The Alexander Campbell Professor, University of Chicago
Marvin A. McMickle, DMin, PhD is currently interim pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he previously served as senior pastor for nearly twenty-five years. He has also served as past president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York. No stranger to academia, McMickle previously served as professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary and in 2009, spent a semester as a visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He also taught at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, Princeton, and Fordham universities. A prolific author, McMickle, has more than a dozen books to his credit, including resources on preaching, ministry, and African American history.
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