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During this e-book, Anthony G. Reddie creates a dynamic dialog among black theologies within the US and within the united kingdom, evaluating and highlighting divergences within the respective routine.

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36 Many churches rose to the 16 Black Theology in Transatlantic Dialogue challenge of having to engage with the new dynamic created by this influx of black Christians. 37 It is in this ongoing struggle to call white Christianity (often exemplified in the traditional white historic denominations38) to account that the more modern roots of black theology in Britain are to be found. 40 The development of black theology in Britain is evidenced in two parallel tracks or trajectories. On the one hand, one can discern a movement of prophetic, black-consciousness inspired approaches to talking about God in the development of published texts (reports, articles, and books) by black people of faith, dating back to the early 1980s.

In my previous analysis on black theology in Britain, I cite Grant and Patel’s A Time To Speak as the first “explicit” black theological 34 Black Theology in Transatlantic Dialogue text in this country. I use the term “explicit” intentionally because the text adopts the term Black Theology to describe itself. Yet, in the United States, published works by black theologians date back to the 1960s and texts detailing the African American experience go back even further. The first significant difference between black theology in the United States and in Britain is the fact that it is genuinely theological in the United States.

I am in no doubt, however, that the various trajectories have exerted some impact on the content and the expression of faith of black people. In terms of our respective negotiations in the emotional and physical space in which our various spiritualities are housed, whether in Britain or in the United States, it is worth noting that in the latter, one is engaging with a single discontinuity from our ancestral roots. In Britain, for a significant number of black people, their diasporan journeys have taken a 500-year sojourn in the Caribbean.

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