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"The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:8


"No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us."    - John the Beloved ; 1 John 4:12


"When Christianity worked its way from the lower to the higher classes, its social sympathies became less democratic and fraternal, its language less simple, and its ideas more speculative, elaborate and remote. Origen felt he had to apologize for the homely Greek and the simple arguments of Jesus. Theology became an affair of experts. The first duty of the laymen was to believe with all their hearts what they could not possibly understand with all their heads."    - Walter Rauschenbusch ; A Theology for the Social Gospel, p. 15-16


"It will be a similar increase of health when theology takes in hand the problems of social redemption and considers how its doctrines connect with the Kingdom of God in actual realization."    - Walter Rauschenbusch ; A Theology for the Social Gospel, p. 17


"There can be no Christian theology that is not social and political. If theology is to speak about the God of Jesus who is revealed in the struggle of the oppressed for freedom, then theology must also become political, speaking for the God of the poor and the oppressed."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"There can be no Christian theology that is not identified unreservedly with those who are humiliated and abused. In fact, theology ceases to be a theology of the gospel when it fails to arise out of the community of the oppressed. For it is impossible to speak of the God of Israelite history, who is the God revealed in Jesus Christ, without recognizing that God is the God of and for those who labor and are overladen."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


My point is that one's social and historical context decides not only the questions we address to God but also the mode or form of the answers given to the questions.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


Theology is subjective speech about God, a speech that tells us far more about the hopes and dreams of certain God-talkers than about the Maker and Creator of heaven and earth.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


Theology is not universal language; it is interested language and thus is always a reflection of the goals and aspirations of a particular people in a definite social setting.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ’s message."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Liberation of Theology


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