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Conclusion Black Liberation Antitheology

Michael Lackey

in African American Atheists and Political Liberation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030357
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030357.003.0007
Conclusion Black Liberation Antitheology

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God can be whatever the dominant culture needs it to be. God could be a figure that supports a political view in which slaves must be obedient to their masters, a figure that rejects slavery, a concept that sanctions genocide, a concept that denounces violence, an idea that supports gender equality, or a concept that supports unification or separation of races to keep the purity of races. In short, the God concept is simultaneously nothing and everything, a concept that ultimately sanctions an “anything goes” philosophy. Since African Americans were often the victims instead of being the beneficiaries of the God-concept, they often produce some of the most insightful work on the deadly and destructive socio-political functions of theological thought. This chapter concludes that while the atheists in this study ultimately do not endorse abolishing the God concept or religion, they do suggest that there is ample evidence that the God concept cannot bring about positive social transformation for all people.

Keywords: God; God concept; African Americans; theological thought; atheists; religion; social transformation

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Subjects: Literature

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