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‘Every time I feel the spirit’: African American Christology for a Pluralistic World

Brad R. Braxton

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599776.003.0012
‘Every time I feel the spirit’: African American Christology for a Pluralistic World

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This chapter presents an imaginative interpretation of Jesus’ ministry that facilitates greater gender inclusiveness, more effective social justice ministry, and stronger interfaith collaboration in the African American church. Insights from womanist theology and African cosmology provide the theological and cultural contexts for a liberating Christology. The chapter examines four key passages in the Gospel of Mark (1:1–15; 7:24–30; 15:33–9; and 16:1–8) and argues that Jesus faithfully provided hospitality to God’s Spirit. This hospitality resulted in the transformation of Jesus, a human being, into Christ, a cosmic spirit. By replicating Jesus’ hospitality to the Spirit, contemporary followers of Christ can become instruments of liberation who lovingly collaborate with others in the quest for justice and peace.

Keywords: African; African American; Christology; church; cosmology; Gospel of Mark; hospitality; Jesus; justice; Spirit

Chapter.  7553 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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