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Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering

Sherman A Jackson


In his controversial 1973 book, Is God a White Racist?, William R. Jones sharply criticized black theologians for their agnostic approach to black suffering, noting that the doctrine of an ominibenevolent God poses very significant problems for a perennially oppressed community. He proposed a “humanocentric theism” which denies God’s sovereignty over human history and imputes autonomous agency to humans. By rendering humans alone responsible for moral evil, Jones’s theology freed blacks to revolt against the evil of oppression without revolting against God. This book now places Jones’s argumen ... More

Keywords: William R. Jones, black suffering, ominibenevolent God, humanocentric theism, moral evil, oppression, Islam, Muslims, black religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherman A Jackson, author
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and African-American Studies