A COMPREHENSIVE EXPLORATION OF HOW THE BLACK CHURCH TRADITION - GOSPEL HAYMANOT - SHAPES THE WORLDVIEW OF BLACK THEOLOGIANS.
The primary paradigms that exist in theological academia are rooted in white, Eurocentricity and do not speak to the realities of Black Christians. Though many books critique the problem of white supremacy in evangelicalism, most are focused on reforming this movement without attention to the resources of the Black Church.
Through seven dominant voices in Black academic theology, Gospel Haymanot sheds new light on biblical authority issues, doctrinal orthodoxy, and evangelical theology on justice and liberation. This book introduces ideals ingrained in the Black Church tradition which engage the Black Christian experience.
Gospel Haymanot provides essential framing for Black academics and the broader Church who are committed to biblical orthodoxy and Black liberation.
FROM THE FOREWORD:
"It has long been the case that the church is the most important institution in the black community. Bantu begins this work among ancient Black peoples and brings the peculiar work of the Spirit into the present...The issues may be different these days, but not much. In fact, they are largely the same, only they are far more universal in scope. As Benjamin Barber put it, "Caught between Babel and Disneyland, the planet is falling precipitously apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment." Bantu knows most of this story. Here he is adding his own Gospelist take on it."
--DR. WILLIAM E. PANNELL, Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Fuller Theological Seminary
Vince L. Bantu is Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Houston, TX. Vince also serves as the Ohene (President) of Meachum School of Haymanot, an institution providing contextual theological education for the Black church and community. Vince is also the author of A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity's Global Identity and is currently editing a reader of early African and Asian Christian texts with the University of California Press. Vince also serves as the Ohene (President) for the Society of Gospel Haymanot, an academic colloquium for Black faculty and students of religion and theology. Vince, his wife Diana, and their two daughters live in Houston, TX.