The Hope of Exodus in Black Theology

May 9, 2019
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 E 58th St,
Chicago, IL 60637
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Andrew PrevotBoston College

  • The Hope of Exodus in Black Theology

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Free and open to the public. Part of the Lumen Christi Institute's Black Catholic Initiative. Cosponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, Alchemy in Color at the Divinity School, the Theology Club at the Divinity School, and the Ethics Club at the Divinity School. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact us at 773-955-5887 or by email.

For generations, black Christians in the United States have found hope in the biblical story of Exodus. Refusing the white supremacist interpretation of Christianity as a religion requiring obedience to masters, black Christians have used the Exodus narrative to develop an interpretation of Christianity as a religion promising deliverance from slavery and oppression. This was a central motif in James Cone's black theology, as it emerged from the late 1960s struggles for black liberation. In subsequent decades, black scholars of Christianity such as Delores Williams, Eddie Glaude, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Willie Jennings have approached the story of Exodus in critical new ways that both complicate and renew the hope that it offers. In his lecture, Prevot will sketch this recent history of black Christian interpretation of Exodus and considers its implications for Christian theology today. 

Andrew Prevot also taught a master class on Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mystical Theology and "The Metaphysics of the Saints" on May 10.

Andrew Prevot is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College. His research spans the areas of spiritual and mystical theology; philosophical theology and continental philosophy of religion; and various forms of political, liberation, black, and womanist theology. He is the author of two monographs, Theology and Race: Black and Womanist Traditions in the United States (Brill, 2018) and Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality amid the Crises of Modernity (Notre Dame, 2015), and coeditor of a collection of essays, Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics (Orbis, 2017).