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The Political Economy of Liberation

Bradley, Anthony B.

The Political Economy of Liberation

Thomas Sowell and James Cone on the Black Experience

Series: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Studies in Religion, Culture, and Social Development - Volume 12

Year of Publication: 2012

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XVI, 199 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1183-9 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lbs

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Book synopsis

James Cone and Thomas Sowell tower as African American intellectuals who have influenced ideas around the world for decades on issues such as poverty and justice. Although Thomas Sowell writes as a secular economist, his views harmonize more genuinely with classical Christian social thought than do the liberation theology of James Cone. In the traditional black church, theology and economics have always been partners in pursuing the means of liberation for African Americans. This is the first book to put a black economist and a black theologian into direct dialogue with one another in order to distill the strengths of each discipline, thus providing a long-term vision for the economic sustainability of the black community. The implications of the Protestant teaching of sphere sovereignty and the Roman Catholic principle of subsidiarity inform the disciplines of theology, economics, and political philosophy to cast a new vision for black liberation serving religious and political theorists alike. A provocative dynamism emerges because Cone and Sowell maintain alternative and competing visions that engage classical Christian theology in different ways. This book offers the opportunity for a new trajectory of dialogue between theologians and political economists about poverty, human dignity, and justice in ways previously unexplored. The Political Economy of Liberation is an invaluable resource in courses in African American studies, race and religion, political economy, social ethics, Christianity and society, Christian social thought, social justice, and theological ethics at the upper-level undergraduate or graduate level.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Anthony B. Bradley is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King’s College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. He holds a B.S. from Clemson University, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is in the process of completing an MA in ethics and society from Fordham University. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the United States and abroad. He is the author of Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America, Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development, and editor of Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN/Headline News, Fox News, and Court TV Radio, among others.


«Generally people share the common goal of wanting greater well-being for our fellow man. Despite the fact of that common goal, more often than not, we see people grouped into contentious factions, in the pursuit of different, often polar opposite, policies in the name of helping their fellow man. Anthony B. Bradley does a yeoman’s job in explaining how this conflict occurs in ‘The Political Economy of Liberation’.» (Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University)


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Studies in Religion, Culture, and Social Development. Vol. 12
General Editor: Mozella G. Mitchell