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James Hal Cone

James Hal Cone, American theologian, educator, author. Recipient American Black Achievement award in Religion, Ebony Magazine, 1992, theological Scholarship and Research award Association Theological Schools, 1994; Rockefeller Foundation grantee, 1973-1974.


  • Cone, James Hal was born on August 5, 1938 in Fordyce, Arkansas. Son of Charlie M. and Lucy (Frost) Cone.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Philander Smith College, 1958; Bachelor's Degree, Garrett Theological Seminary, 1961; Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1963; Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1965; Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2000.


    • Assistant professor religion and philosophy Philander Smith College, Little Rock, 1964-1966. Assistant professor religion Adrian (Michigan) College, 1966-1969. Assistant professor theology Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1969-1970, associate professor, 1970-1973, professor, 1973-1977, Charles A. Briggs professor systematic theology, 1977-1987, Briggs distinguished professor, since 1987.

      Visiting professor Afro-American history University Pacific, Stockton, California, 1969. Visiting associate professor religion Barnard College, New York City, 1969-1971, 74. Visiting professor theology Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1973.

      Lecturer systematic theology Woodstock College, New York City, 1971-1973. Visiting professor theology Princeton (New Jersey) Theological Seminary, 1976, Notre Dame School Theology, New Orleans, 1977, Candler School Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Howard University School Religion, Washington, 1980, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, Maryknoll (New York ) School Theology, 1983, Institute Justice and Peace. Visiting professor, Diana Blabon Holt fellow Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 1989.


    • Speaking the Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic (Christian Mission & Modern Culture)
    • How can the Christian faith be translated into new languages and into new cultural forms? How much of Christian faith is culturally conditioned and how much is universal? What role should the Bible play in encouraging or in limiting diverse expressions of Christian faith? What does it mean to speak of the gospel as truth in a world that declares that religious speech can never be true, but only "true-for-me"?These are some of the hermeneutical questions that arise as the church enters into its missional calling.
    • A Black Theology of Liberation
    • With the publication of his two early works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), James Cone emerged as one of the most theological voices in North America.
    • Black Theology, Black Power & Black Love
    • This examination of modern black theology creates a new paradigm known as Integrasegreology, which offers a corrective theory to the polarization of the ideologies of Malcolm X and Dr.
    • Black Theology & Black Power
    • Newly updated and expanded, this classic work is a product of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in America during the 1960's.



    Member Black Theology Project Theology in Americans, American Academy Religion (Fund for Theological Education award 1999), Society Study Black Religion, Ecumenical Association Third World Theologians.


    • mother: Lucy (Frost) Cone.
    • father: Charlie M.
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    • 1958
      Philander Smith College
    • 1961
      Garrett Theological Seminary
    • 1963
      Northwestern University
    • 1965
      Northwestern University
    • 1964 - 1966
      Assistant, professor religion and philosophy Philander Smith College
    • 1966 - 1969
      assistant, professor religion Adrian (Michigan) College
    • 1969 - 1970
      assistant, professor theology Union Theological Seminary
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