A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin’s Blues Project by E. Kornegay

By E. Kornegay

Kornegay's incredible and insightful use of James Baldwin's literary genius bargains a manner ahead that delivers to beat the divide among faith and sexuality that's of an important value not just for black church and theology yet for socio-political-religious and theological discourse generally.

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Jimmy’s Blues Project: Toward a Use of the Blues as a Liberation Methodology James Baldwin says the blues and the spirituals are about the “ability to look on things as they are and survive your losses, or even not survive them—to know that your losses are coming. ”59 Is the blues a language of survival or a language of liberation? ”60 The blues helps to tackle the ethical dilemma posed by black bodies within the black church and community. The blues reintroduces the poor, sexualized, and rejected black bodies of the community back into the calculus of salvation.

99 Baldwin seeks to overcome the metaphorical limitations of black religious dialog without losing the concern of religious convictions in the “formidable standards” of political protests that earmarked the commitment one had for presenting a respectable rendering of black faith and life. 100 Baldwin sees his political responsibilities differently, in the sense that he chooses to engage the theological terror that imposed proscriptions on black bodies versus a political protest against racism that did not engage its Puritan/Protestant history and social/psychological/sexual coconstitution.

I contend that this is the portion of the black religious inheritance, which Baldwin is dealing with. It is the source of Baldwin’s fears and a reflection of his literal search for safety. 39 As such, through Baldwin’s work, the horizontal limit of the black religious tradition is altered hermeneutically; this means the primary source for interpreting what is religious about black religion shifts from a relationship centered on God’s saving grace to one that is centered on the question of whether or not God and black religion can offer safety for black bodies.

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