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New PDF release: Afro-Cuban Theology: Religion, Race, Culture, and Identity

By Michelle A. Gonzalez

ISBN-10: 081302997X

ISBN-13: 9780813029979

The first publication to check Cuban American and African American religiosity, Afro-Cuban Theology argues that Afro-Cuban religiosity and tradition are primary to figuring out the Cuban and Cuban American situation. Gonzalez translates this saturation of the Afro-Cuban as transcending race and affecting all Cubans and Cuban americans even with their pigmentation or self-identification. construction on a historic evaluate of the intersection of race, faith, and nationhood, the writer explores the way during which devotion to l. a. Caridad del Cobre, renowned faith, and Cuban letters tell an Afro-Cuban theology.
            This interdisciplinary examine attracts from quite a few theological faculties in addition to the disciplines of background, literary stories, and ethnic stories. the first self-discipline is systematic theology, with specified cognizance to black and Latino/a theologies. faraway from being disconnected subfields, they're interrelated components inside theological stories. Gonzalez offers a extensive evaluation of the Cuban and Cuban American groups, emphasizing the style during which the intersection of race and faith have functioned in the development of Cuban and Cuban American identities. The Roman Catholic Church’s function during this background, in addition to the upkeep of African spiritual practices and consequent formation of Afro-Cuban religions, are paramount.
            additionally groundbreaking is the collaborative spirit among black and Latino/a that underlines this paintings. the writer proposes a variety of racial id spotting different cultures that exist inside of U.S. racial contexts—specifically a version of collaboration as opposed to discussion among black and Latino/a
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Two individuals figure prominently in Davis’ account of Latin American black Catholicism. The first is Esteban, otherwise known as Estevanico. With three white men, Esteban, a slave, crossed the United States and arrived in Mexico on 1536. Davis presents Esteban as a forerunner of the black presence in the United States. “For us, he is a reminder that the first black man to traverse what is now the territory of the United States was Spanish-speaking and a Catholic. ”11 Davis similarly foregrounds the early-seventeenth-century Jesuit, Peter Claver.

3 Are Afro-Latins Black? The Construction of Blackness in Black Theology The first Africans to arrive in what is now the continental United States were Spanish-speaking and Roman Catholic. Cyprian Davis, “God of Our Weary Years” Black theology emerged in the mid-1960s as an explosive theological movement in the United States. Nurtured by church leaders and academic theologians, black theology claims that the Christian God is a God of liberation and love. Black theologians conveyed a message of self-love to African-Americans as children of God born in the image of God.

In Elizondo’s Christology, the ambiguity and pluralism that characterize mestizaje become key dimensions of God’s revelation. 31 The historical category of mestizaje is extended to include Are We All Mestizos? / 25 the New Testament era. Though a significant dimension of Latino/a history, the mestizo narrative perpetuated by a significant portion of Latino/a theologians only presents a fraction of the players and events that shape the religiosity and identity of contemporary Latino/a communities.

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