Y and the sufficiency of Christ These three elements sovereignty sinfulness sufficiency
Are For Carter The for Carter the of Reformed theology The chapter devoted to this subject is a ood introduction to this type of theology though the person who wants to learn will have to turn to other resourcesThe best part of this book is the way that Carter applies Reformed theology to the issues of race racism and slavery For example when discussing Christ s redemptive work he writes In Christ we are forgiven and we find the means of forgiving others we are never like Christ and thus Christian than when we are operating
In Christlike Forgiveness AndChristlike forgiveness And is this work of forgiveness decisively needed than in race relations in America 59In chapter 3 Carter write about The Church from Chains the experience of the black church in America Some Christians in the 1700s were not eager to preach the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gospel to slaves though others were Baptists and Methodists were likely to preach to blacks and advocate for freedom Carter explains the rise of the African Methodist Episcopal Church which officially formed in 1816 though its rootso back to 1787 Carter makes an important comment when discussing how Christianity in America in its early years was beset by racism and slavery He writes The blacks response to such hypocrisy laden Christianity could have been a complete rejection of the one true God in Christ Yet instead of rejecting Christ African Americans rejected this brand of Christianity separating what the Bible taught about Christian virtue from what so called Christians practiced 79 In fact Reformed theology can accurately pinpoint the root of such hypocrisy the heart of sinful manChapter 4 is devoted to the experience of being black and Reformed One of the interesting bits of this chapter was a discussion of Lemuel Haynes a pastor theology in Vermont at the end of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth century He drew on the teachings of John Calvin Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards among others One may think it as likely to find a unicorn as it would be to find a black man pastoring a congregational church in Vermont particularly at this time This chapter also features a Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time great point made by Carter one that is particularly relevant to Christians living in today s America He writes Few among the majority in American Christianity can relate to an experience of exile Few can relate to having to develop a communityift of laughter in the midst of tears Yet if
American theologians were to adopt a perspective of inclusion and not view their theology through myopictheologians were to adopt a perspective of inclusion and not view their theology through myopic they would see that God has in his sovereignty iven to American Christianity a people whose experience of pilgrimage in a foreign land would enrich American faith How shall we sing the Lord s song in a foreign land Look to the black Christian experience as an example 98Carter also discusses how an acknowledgement of God s sovereignty helps make sense of the black experience in America It was God s will to bring Africans to America though the sinful slave traders who captured and enslaved these Africans were wrong to do so On the one hand slavery brought about reat horrors On the other hand many black people were brought to faith in America The Bible emphasizes time and again God s ordination of events his sovereignty and human responsibility and human sinfulness It may not be easy for us to reconcile these things but both are true and both can be seen in the black Christian experienceCarter ends the book by encouraging African Americans to see that embracing Reformed theology is not a repudiation of their heritage Rather Reformed theology is the most biblical theology and the one that makes the Penny Aggie Volume 2 greatest sense of the experience of blacks and black Christians in AmericaThree appendices appear at the end of the book One is on racial reconciliation within various denominations Assemblies of God SBC PCA Another is a message that Carterave on connecting to historical Christianity A third is a series of uestions and answers regarding the author the book and issues that affect black people I love this portion Sovereign love has been the theme of the black church in America Sovereign love is at the heart of Reformed theology It is why I love both and seek to bring them together 154The book isn t perfect Every now and again Carter uses a 10 word when a 5 word would do At least one time he used one of those 10 words incorrectly calling a book sentient instead of perhaps seminal Some of the writing is a little clunky example Those whom God has called and justified by his Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age grace will belorified to his Les Innocents glory 43 44 And the book could certainly be longer ando deeperHowever I would recommend this book I imagine the best audience would be black Christians who haven t embraced Reformed theology Putting this book in their hands may encourage them toward a biblical and theologically rich form of the Christian faith A winsome call for theology that is both sensitive to black experience in America and rooted in Reformed ie biblical theology. S isbn 9780875527956 format Paperback and others 153 pages and has a text language like Engli. This one could be for youFor of my reviews visit thelakesidecovercom
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UNDERSTAND HOW OUR RACIAL DIFFERENCES CANhow our racial differences can together in our understanding of the Bible Carter makes it clear that the difference racial and ethnic experiences are inherently valuable in our application of the truths of Scripture to our lives He morns the fact that so often we have divided our theology on racial I Was A Stranger grounds and calls for our churches to unite under the profound teachings that Reformed Theology provide God s sovereignty man s sin and Christ s work are magnified in the African American experience and shouldive hope not hostility to young African American minds who are struggling to understand why injustice targets them above others when they incorporate it into God s rand history of redemption God has called a people to himself and that people includes people who are white and people who are black and all of our histories ar In Black and Reformed Carter makes a compelling case for why reformed theology and the Black American experience are not divided arguing that a proper understanding of God s sovereignty and man s sinfulness offers both hope and justice to the body of believers who have suffered and continue to suffer under racism An excellent read I look forward to reading of Carter s works and diving into his recommended reading list What would I know about being a black person who adheres to Reformed theology Not much since I ll never be black But as someone who does believe in the sovereignty of God his ultimate control over everything that comes to pass I thought it would be interesting to read a book on a black person s perspective of this most biblical theology When PR Publishing raciously offered a free copy of the second edition of Anthony Carter s Black and Reformed in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the chanceAnd here s that caveat the publisher of this book The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States gave me a free book in exchange for a fair review While writing in parentheses I ll throw this note in here I will consistently refer to people with a dark complexion as black instead of African American I mean no disrespect at all I m a white person I have always found the word Caucasian to be an odd one and I don t refer to myself as a European American Yes I know my skin color isn t white and the skin color of others isn t really black I suppose an label has its problems One last parenthetical remark all uotations will be followed with their own parenthetical references to the page number Now on to the reviewThe first edition of Carter s book published in 2003 was titled On Being Black and Reformed This edition published this year differs from the first one in three respects It features a foreword from Thabiti Anyabwile a new preface from the author and a new appendix of uestions and answers Otherwise the text remains the sameAnyabwile begins with high praise for the book stating that Carter s work stated clearly that being black and holding to Reformed theology was not a contradiction I must admit that part of my reason for wanting to read this book is that I didn t know many black people who held to Reformed theology In fact I know of at least a couple of people to whom I would like to refer such a book as Carter s to show them that having a strong biblical theology is in no way inimical to the black experience And I think that Carter s book succeeds in that regardToward the beginning of the book Carter asks Do we need a black theology And the answer is Emphatically and unfortunately yes 25 He observes that most so called black theology has been black liberation theology which he calls biblically unacceptable 26 The reason that a black theology is needed is that systematic theology tends to answer the concerns that people of a certain time and place have and very little Western Christian theology has taken up the issues of racism and institutionalized discrimination The major contributors to conservative theological thought over the centuries have consciously or not spoken predominantly to and for white people 28 Yet most black theology hasn t been rooted in sound exegesis of the Bible Rather it has been based primarily on experience Experience is useful but it s not an infallibleuide My oal in Black and Reformed is to redeem and reform our perspective on the black American experience through the most legitimate lens available theology in particular biblically based and historically rounded Reformed theology 35Carter then moves on to explain Reformed theology He focuses on the famous TULIP total depravity unconditional election limited atonement irresistible Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth grace and perseverance Carter calls it preservation of the saints He also lists many texts that indicate God s ordination of all aspects of life Personally I found his explanation and defense of TULIP to be a bit wanting but he ably demonstrated God s sovereignty over humans nations and creation He also describes the sinfulness of humanit. 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publisher of this edition I don t read much theology but being a white Reformed female Iof this second edition I don t read much theology but being a white Reformed female I this book It seems a 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts good short read for anyone irrespective of their theological perspective orenderracial identity Carter makes a Moonrise (Snowfall, gracious case for the Reformed tradition and demonstrates how not only should there exist a black theology the tradition of American theology and history is bereft if it ignores the theology stories and journey of our African American brothers and sisters in Christ A helpful explanation of Reformed theology and a compelling way to tie the experience of African Americans and the sovereignty of God together This was aood book for me to read as I seek to understand the African American experience in the context of my multi cultural church I love his section on spirituals and how they deeply connect with the enslaved Israelites in Egypt There is so much African Americans contribute to the rich history of the church and we are blessed to have their voices among us Gosh This was such an important read for me especially right now Tony Carpenter is brilliant and his way with history and theology is excellent I appreciated the journey that he took me on and would highly recommend this for my white and of color friends alike A reat summary of why the Reformed tradition presents the Gospel why black churches in America are so uniue what the Reformed tradition can learn from its failures with regards to civil rights and many other things to consider regarding the history of race in America I read this in conjunction with Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin and the books complemented each other so well Baldwin s presenting the pathos of the black America s mistreatment and Carter s iving the pure milk of the Gospel that Baldwin s characters were crying out for especially assurance of salvation so thankful to be a Protestant Very important book accessibly written and eye opening on a few levels The bits describing reformed theology can be skimmed but the uniue perspective of the African American experience with Reformed theology should be read and re read My Hello, Snow! goal is to redeem and reform our understanding of the Black American experience through the most legitimate lens available to us And the most legitimate theological perspective through which to attain thisoal is the biblically based and historically A Little Dinner Before the Play grounded Reformed perspective Anthony J Carter Black Reformed Anthony J Carter s book provides an introduction into reformed theology and makes an argument for it validity in scripture More importantly he then applied this reformed theological lens to the African American historical experiences and modern current events Mr Carter address topics like American Slavery and how reformed theological interpretation of these events influences the expressions of biblical truths and worship in past and present black congregations Mr Carterives a fair handling of reformed theologians who seemed to have accurately surmised doctrine from the scriptures and yet horribly missed the social implications of the very same doctrine Black Reformed is a book that captures the voice of a particular Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies group of Gods people It s a voice that needs to be heardI loved the opening of this book when Mr Carter recalls a paper he wrote in seminary tiled black Theology When his paper was returned there was one simple comment Do we need a Black theology Mr Carterives his answer on why he thought it was necessary and I would have to agree it is necessary Not because it Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch gives us a new theology a different theology or a theology that doesn t belong to me But because it contributes to my understanding of the fullness of the body of Christ and the lengths to which Godoes to reveal himself to us Revelation 79 says After this I looked and behold a Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood great multitude that no one could number from every nation from all tribes and peoples and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands The people of God will include those from every race and ethnicroups Not only will it include them but there will be perfect unity in this plurality Books like this Forbidden Reading give me not only alimpse at the fullness of Gods redemptive plan but also provides an opportunity to understand the different ways God speaks to A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line groups of people and the effort he puts into his personal revelation How Moses leading Gods people out of the bondage of slavery finds a particular hold in the hearts of people who s history is auatinted with such things How God uses what you meant for evil he meant forood in Jospeh s life could resonate with those used to hardships It s not that I am unable to resonate with those same stories but Future Focus glimpsing the breath and depth of the Words ability to speak to people were they are which maybe different than were I have been is amazing If you are looking for a book that will not only provide some education but alsoive you some hope for the day unity is achieved out of the plurality. Best Books, On Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African American Christian.