By E. Kornegay

Using the chosen novels and essays of James Baldwin together with a idea and approach to queering, this ebook constructs a black theology of liberation that engages the extremely important query within the new millennium: How will we reconcile sexualities with religion? EL Kornegay, Jr. seeks to reply to that question via putting intercourse within the position the place rage produces theological violence understood as sexism and homophobia, and informs how we speak about sexuality in terms of race, God, the gospel and liberation. hence A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin's, Blues venture and Gospel Prose is a 3rd new release black theological venture that's the subsequent logical evolution past a black theology of liberation and black Womanist theology.

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Toward the end of the chapter 1, I identified the emergence of an allegorical sexualized discourse that is a defense against the psychological trap of metaphorical blackness: the psychological collision” between the images created by Protestant Puritan ideology and black bodies. This discourse also offers a means for reinserting black bodies (back) into religion and Christianity. In this chapter, I write about James Baldwin’s use of the blues as a model of sexualized discourse. This chapter explains how Baldwin’s use of the blues can be used to liberate black bodies from the psychological trap of black oppression: the collision between the metaphorical images (of blackness) created by Protestant Puritan ideology, Christianity, and black bodies.

Reinvestment signals the return to black religious vernacular: a language that liberates black bodies from the psychological trap of metaphorical blackness: the collision between the metaphorical images (of blackness) created by Protestant Puritan ideology, Christianity, and black bodies that deprive sexualized and racialized bodies from relationship with God. 20 It is a time of power and freedom wherein black people were able to protect themselves within what Gates calls a “closed black vernacular tradition” that is indicative of the development of a form of self-reflexive grammar used to signify on the gospel they were given to create a real connection with God.

Baldwin’s allegorical consciousness represents a psychological complex of race, sex, religion, culture, and politics constituted by the tension held between the poles of his dark puritan imagination and his black body. His allegorical defense is a psycho-sexual-religious rebellious protest against his black inheritance and puritan American heritage. Allegorical consciousness and allegorical defense are inextricably connected to and affected by history. As I noted at the beginning of this chapter, history—according to Hans Gadamer—is an effective historical force working at the subjective level.

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