The writers at Covenant, Chris Wells and Craig Uffman, are no slouches when it comes to in depth theological reflection. The most recent post, by Craig, does not disappoint. Titled, "Racism and the Meaning of Baptism," the essay challenges the notion, proposed by William Kristol, that "the last thing we need is a heated national conversation about race." Craig points us to another essay, one that he believes does indeed try to open a conversation about race: an article by J. Kameron Carter. Craig takes significant excerpts from that essay and posts them on this blog.
I am still thinking about what Craig wrote, and what he referenced, and so don't want to do more now than point you to the blog post. Again you can access it HERE. Drop over and read it. Covenant gives in depth commentary on a variety of concerns and is worth the read.
One thing: Craig begins by saying, "The harsh anti-American rhetoric of Barack Obama’s former pastor, attributed by some to liberation theology, has been used by both sides of the aisle as an opportunity to gain political points in support of the three surviving campaigns." On the one hand I appreciate Craig's willingness to support Senator Obama's concern that we do in fact have a sustained conversation about race, and I am convinced that as Episcopalians we need to tie that in to the question of the meaning of Baptism. I am not, however, convinced that the connection between "harsh anti-American rhetoric" and liberation theology is at all useful. Whatever liberation theology means these days, when it has acquired a bad name in some Catholic circles, it may not now or in the past have had much to do with black liberation theology, which has its roots in very different contexts and grew out of very specific circumstances.
Well, read and let us know what you think.