Black Liberation Theology

Wright book: Apologetics for a dark apostle?

revwright1Susan Williams Smith, one of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s acolytes, has penned a book about the controversial clergyman whose congregant of 20 years, Barack Hussein Obama, currently resides in the White House. It’s generally accepted that this was no thanks to Wright himself, nor Yours Truly, who broke the story of their association on Fox News in 2007.

Full disclosure: I haven’t read the book, nor do I intend to. However, according the New Pittsburgh Courier Online (which presumably employs someone who has read it), “The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.” is not a biography of Wright, a history of his former church (Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago), nor is it about the relationship between Obama and Wright.

“It is, however, an attempt to show what Wright’s ministry was, by showing what he preached and why, connecting his words to the historical and cultural context out of which he and those to whom he preached came. She compares and relates his prophetic voice with the prophetic voices of biblical and modern-day prophets, in the hope of revealing the true Wright, the man she knows, to whom there is much more than a couple of 30-second sound bites.” – New Pittsburgh Courier Online

That all sounds very nice, but what is the book really about? Well, given that is was written by Smith, who was first an ardent admirer of Wright, then an intern at Trinity, finally becoming an ordained minister in the same “theological school” in which Wright preached, it is likely that in this tribute, Smith is acting as an apologist for Black Liberation Theology. This is the apostate creed founded in the 1960s by Dr. James Cone and has since been advanced by many radical and even militant black preachers.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns