William R. Jones, author of the book Is God A White Racist?, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Jones is currently a professor of religion and director of black studies at Florida State University. Licensed as a Baptist Preacher, he brings forward strong religious backgrounds that allow him to intimately analyze the question of his book. Jones poses two major themes in his book Is God A White Racist?; Whether or not God is for the oppressed or the oppressor, and viewing secular humanism or humanism as a theology that will suffice for black’s religious needs today. Jones analyzes many theologians on their standpoint and views of ethnic suffering and the role God plays in the suffering of the oppressed. Jones uses intricate vocabulary to elaborate on his disposition with the theologian’s work; Therefore making his work unclear and difficult to grasp for an individual who does not have the level of vocabulary used. Jones gives an over view analysis of divine racism in part one by reviewing individuals work such as Sartre and Camus, also using the poetry of Countee Cullen to display the grief of black men and women torn between denying the reality of God and accepting him as the real enemy. Jones presents five propositions to define his overview of divine racism. Jones begins his overview with the work Thomas Gossett’s Rig Veda. Using the work of Gossett, Jones describes a God that is hostile to the dark skins and flat nose, which are all characteristics of blacks; Therefore, properly giving a reader of an example of divine racism. Jones presents five propositions to give an overview of divine racism. First, Jones successfully explains the system of an “in” and “out” group of mankind that God sanctioned himself. He explains the divine benevolence toward the “in” group, and divine hostility toward the “out”... [continues]
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