The Black Messiah and Black Suffering

  • Torin Dru Alexander
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


Theodicy, from the Greek words for the deity (Theos) and justice (dike), refers to the attempt to justify the goodness and power of the Divine in the face of evil in the world. Indeed, James Melvin Washington, the late African American church historian, described the fundamental existential situation of enslaved Africans as “stalkers after meaning.” In this chapter, the author explores the efficacy of the theodical teachings and practices of Reverend Albert B. Cleage Jr. (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman) and the Shrine of the Black Madonna (Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church) in light of their unequivocal commitment to the liberation and the flourishing of Black people.


Black People Metaphysical Necessity Cosmic Energy Liberation Theology Theological Reflection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torin Dru Alexander
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  1. 1.Visiting Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies Winston-Salem State UniversityWinston-Salem, North CarolinaUSA

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