By Michelle A. Gonzalez

ISBN-10: 081302997X

ISBN-13: 9780813029979

The first ebook to check Cuban American and African American religiosity, Afro-Cuban Theology argues that Afro-Cuban religiosity and tradition are vital to figuring out the Cuban and Cuban American . Gonzalez translates this saturation of the Afro-Cuban as transcending race and affecting all Cubans and Cuban americans even with their pigmentation or self-identification. development on a old evaluate of the intersection of race, faith, and nationhood, the writer explores the way during which devotion to los angeles Caridad del Cobre, well known faith, and Cuban letters tell an Afro-Cuban theology.
            This interdisciplinary research attracts from numerous theological faculties in addition to the disciplines of historical past, literary reviews, and ethnic reports. the first self-discipline is systematic theology, with precise realization to black and Latino/a theologies. faraway from being disconnected subfields, they're interrelated components inside theological reviews. Gonzalez offers a extensive review of the Cuban and Cuban American groups, emphasizing the style within which the intersection of race and faith have functioned in the development of Cuban and Cuban American identities. The Roman Catholic Church’s function during this historical past, in addition to the protection of African spiritual practices and consequent formation of Afro-Cuban religions, are paramount.
            additionally groundbreaking is the collaborative spirit among black and Latino/a that underlines this paintings. the writer proposes a diffusion of racial id spotting the various cultures that exist inside U.S. racial contexts—specifically a version of collaboration as opposed to discussion among black and Latino/a
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However, in expanding the function of mestizaje/mulatez to represent Latino/a hybridity, Isasi-Díaz robs these categories of their historical value as terms that specifically designate indigenous/Spanish and Spanish/African mixture. The terms, as identity markers, thus function at various levels in her work. S. society and its accompanying worldview. ”39 Mestizaje/mulatez not only portrays the Latino/a context; these terms also reflect the epistemological vantage point from which Latino/as exist in the world as hybrid people.

In their emphasis on the organic unity of the pastoral and the academic, Latino/a theologians have argued—at some times more successfully than at others—that this false distinction is foreign to their theological projects. They also argue that their theological writings represent the voices of an oppressed community. Yet Latino/a theologians are an elite within that marginalized community. S. society. To put it bluntly, Latino/a theologians may write about the poor, but they themselves are not poor.

We must be mindful of the manner in which power functions in the construction of identity. The traditioned identity is too often the identity constructed by the elite. Whether directed by ecclesial leaders or academic theologians, the official narrative of a people is often in the hands of the few. This narrative is quite often the same one accessed by “outsider” groups. As theologians informed by a preferential option for the marginalized and by the contextual nature of all theology, Latino/a theologians must be vigilant over the identities we tradition.

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