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The Image of God: Black Theology and Racial Empowerment in the African American Community

Allison Calhoun-Brown
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 40, No. 3 (Mar., 1999), pp. 197-212
DOI: 10.2307/3512367
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3512367
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The Image of God: Black Theology and Racial Empowerment in the African American Community
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Abstract

Black liberation theology often involves holding a black image of Christ. This study examines whether or not this particular aspect of black liberation theology is related to racial empowerment. Data from the 1993 National Black Politics Study demonstrate that holding a black image of Christ is positively related to a desire for racial autonomy, but does not enhance racial solidarity, voting behavior, or a belief that churches should be involved in politics. This study shows that only about 30% of respondents had a black image of Christ and highlights the need for the examination of cultural variations within established religious communities.

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