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On the Compatibility/Incompatibility of Pentecostal Premillennialism with Black Liberation Theology

On the Compatibility/Incompatibility of Pentecostal Premillennialism with Black Liberation Theology

Chapter:
(p.191) 11 On the Compatibility/Incompatibility of Pentecostal Premillennialism with Black Liberation Theology
Source:
Afro-Pentecostalism
Author(s):
Frederick L. Ware
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814797303.003.0011

This chapter explores the conflict between Pentecostal premillennialism—the pervasive conception of eschatology in Pentecostal churches—and black racial consciousness and suggests that the former is not sufficiently compatible with black liberation theology. It first provides an overview of eschatology in black religion before discussing the shift from postmillennialism to premillennialism that accompanied the emergence of Pentecostalism from the Holiness movement. It then examines the compatibility/incompatibility of Pentecostal premillennialism with eschatology in black religion and argues that Afro-Pentecostalism falls short of restoring primitive Christianity and of renewing the Black Church by not articulating a sound eschatology. In order to reconcile Pentecostal premillennialism and black liberation theology, the chapter calls for a shift in Afro-Pentecostal theological discourse toward a conception of eschatology rooted in black folk sources and black millennialism.

Keywords:   premillennialism, eschatology, black liberation theology, black religion, postmillennialism, Afro-Pentecostalism, Christianity, Black Church, black folk sources, black millennialism

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