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"The basic fact is that Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed."    - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


"There is one overmastering problem that the socially and politically disinherited always face: Under what terms is survival possible? . . . [Jesus's] words were directed to the House of Israel, a minority within the Greco-Roman world, smarting under the loss of status, freedom, and autonomy, haunted by the dream of the restoration of a lost glory and a former greatness."    - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


So the womanist theologian uses the sociopolitical thought and action of the African-American woman's world to show black women their salvation does not depend upon any form of surrogacy made sacred by traditional and orthodox understandings of Jesus’ life and death. Rather their salvation is assured by Jesus’ life of resistance and by the survival strategies he used to help people survive the death of identity caused by their exchange of inherited cultural meanings for a new identity shaped by the gospel ethics and world view.    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


They expressed their belief that God was involved in their history, that God helped them make a way out of no way.    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


"The basic fact is that Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed."
   - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


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