This term, I have some self-directed reading for my Biblical Theology class. There are so many TYPES of biblical theology (yes that's right: there is not a singular biblical theology) that they can't all be covered in any number of semesters - so I have to pick-and-choose.
This term I've chosen readings from Black Theology, and Queer Theology.
Tonight I read:
I do not want to minimize or detract from the significance of Athanasius' assertion for faith one iota. But the homoousia question [for example] is not a black question. Blacks do not ask whether Jesus is one with the Father or divine and human, though the orthodox formulations are implied in their language. They ask whether Jesus is walking with them, whether they can call him up on the "telephone of prayer" and tell him all about their troubles... we must not forget that Athanasius' question about the Son's status in relation to the Father did not arise in the historical context of the slave codes and the slave drivers. And if he had been a black slave in America, I am sure he would have asked a different set of questions. He might have asked about the status of the Son in relation to slaveholders...Unfortunately, not only white seminary professors but some blacks as well have convinced themselves that only the white experience provides the appropriate context for questions and answers concerning things divine. They do not recognize the narrowness of their experience and the particularity of their theological expressions. They like to think of themselves as universal people. That is why most seminaries emphasize the need for appropriate tools in dong theology, which always means white tools, i.e., knowledge of the language and thought of white people. They fail to recognize that other people also have thought about God and have something significant to say about Jesus' presence in the world.My point is that one's social and historical context decides not only the questions we address to God but also the mode or form of the answers given to the questions...God of the Oppressed - James Cone (Introduction, p. 14-15)
I hope you'll be inspired to explore what's out there!