A Constructive Theology of Deliverance: Redeeming the Internal Force of Being

  • Danjuma G. Gibson
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


A pastoral theology of deliverance—adapted from the religious language of Frederick Douglass himself—is a way of understanding the religious resources of Douglass and his contemporaries who existed in the slavocracy. A pastoral theology of deliverance challenges two principles: (1) the practice of forming and universalizing theologies, ethics, and praxis with cognitive faculties alone, and (2) forming such theologics in a culturally homogeneous environment. This chapter also argues that a pastoral theology of deliverance incorporates many of the same liberation objectives as black theology but also takes seriously the healing and sustaining benefits observed in traditional black religious experience. For Douglass, the goal of a theology of deliverance was the redemption of body, soul, and spirit, from the demonic grip of the slavocracy and other structures of radical evil.


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  • Danjuma G. Gibson
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  1. 1.Calvin Theological SeminaryGrand RapidsUSA

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