Flourishing in Babylon
Black British Agency and Self-Determination
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Black theology has long been about oppression and liberation. But is there a different story to tell? Can the black story be one about a quest for flourishing through agency and self-determination and not only an existence of nihilistic struggle?
Drawing on a fresh reading of Jeremiah, and his own Pentecostal tradition, Joe Aldred offers a fresh understanding of the Black British experience which draws on an eschatology of hope, and an acknowledgement that after the cross and the lynching tree comes the empty tomb and the chance to fully flourish without apology – or as Jeremiah puts it to those in exile, to ‘settle, build and grow'.