Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Black Theology Founder, Dr. J. Deotis Roberts Speaks at Simmons College of Kentucky May 17th

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Don't miss these three wonderful opportunities to hear from one of the most brilliant black minds in the world. Known as one of the founders of Black Theology, preeminent scholar Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts will speak tomorrow night at Simmons College of Kentucky, Yates Chapel, 1811 Dumesnil Street, 7:00 p.m. You can get a preview of what you don't want to miss when Rev. Dr. Roberts, speaks with me for about 10 minutes, tomorrow morning at 7:05 a.m. on the Bill Price Morning Show and again Friday at 4:00 p.m. on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! on 1350 WLOU, Louisville's Praise and Worship Station!

Dr. Roberts is the founder and president of the J. Deotis Roberts Research Library and Institute. He is the author of fourteen books and over one hundred scholarly articles. He is regarded as one of the most prominent theologians in the world. He has taught at Howard Divinity School, Yale University, Duke University, Eastern Baptist Seminary and Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the former past president of the highly regarded Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

On liberation and reconciliation, Roberts wrote in the second edition of Liberation and Reconcilation: A Black Theology, page xiii, "...the balance between liberation and reconciliation remains essential in our pluralistic society....Dr. King's warning, that we either learn to live together as friends or die as fools, is obvious for all thoughtful people."

On the black Messiah, he wrote on page 71, "...there is a preconscious assumption that if Christ is to be worthy of devotion, he must be a member of the white race....I do not need to agree with (Albert)Cleage's version of the black Messiah to see the need for a black understanding of christology. Since the black experience has been disregarded in other versions of christology, there is a need to make Christ and his message speak directly to the black person."

On women in the ministry he wrote in his 1994 book, Prophethood of Black Believers: An African American Political Theology for Ministry, page 77, "I do not see how black male ministers will much longer be able to deny their claims to bona fide ministerial leadership. This situation is not merely an embarrassment. It is one of the major sins of black male leadership in the church. For this sin, we need forgiveness and repentance."

Please don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts tomorrow night, Thursday, May 17th, Simmons College of Kentucky, 1811 Dumesnil Street, 7:00 p.m. There will be a book signing.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

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