Beginning with the slave narratives, Hopkins show how slave received their masters’ faith and transformed it into a gospel of liberation. Then, from such folk tradition as the stories of Brer Rabbit, Hopkins uncovers an implicit theology that casts down the mighty and uplifts the lowly. From the experience of women, especially as depicted in the novels of Toni Morrison, Hopkins discerns the features of “womanist” theology. In the works of W.E.B. Du Bois, he analyzes the tradition of political theology. Finally, in the dialectical challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, Hopkins describes the critical relation between theology and liberation.
Dwight N. Hopkins teaches theology at Santa Clara University. He is author Black Theology USA and South Africa and co-author of Cut Loose Your Stammering Tongue: Black Theology in the Slave Narratives.