By E. Kornegay
Kornegay's fabulous and insightful use of James Baldwin's literary genius deals a manner ahead that supplies to beat the divide among faith and sexuality that's of an important significance not just for black church and theology yet for socio-political-religious and theological discourse generally.
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Extra resources for A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin’s Blues Project and Gospel Prose
An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought. 98 Baldwin recognizes the liabilities of a history that was (re)invented for black people. Baldwin locates the source of the historical (re)invention of the Negro in Protestant Puritanism. The metaphors of oppression that are used to invent that history and seek to drown out the truth are what The Prolonged Religious Crisis 37 he accepts and learns to use to “crack and crumble” with a true rendering of the realities of black life.
80 The inability of black religion to divorce itself from the metaphors of oppression of blackness and the hypocrisy of the metaphoric exemption of puritanism means black Christianity is based on exceptional belief and Blind faith in a concept of God that does not offer human relief or make black people “ . . ”81 In Black Religion, Joseph Washington says, Thus, virtually from the beginning [of the American Colonial Project] Negroes were introduced to the rewards of Christianity for the good of the planters in this world and for the good of the slaves in the world beyond.
Rather than signify on puritanical proscriptions against black bodies, the black church reifies the gap versus confessing that everyone must cross the bridge—release from the psychological trap of metaphorical blackness—before liberation can occur. 16 The black church emerges as a spiritual institution dependent on race, color, and puritan (sexual) morality that affirms this oppressive linguistic equation, uses the psychological trap of metaphorical blackness: the collision between the metaphorical images (of blackness) created by Protestant Puritan ideology, Christianity, and black bodies to defend itself, and patriarchy to enforce its moral authority.
A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin’s Blues Project and Gospel Prose by E. Kornegay