July 2006 Archives

This is the second in a two-part series examining Western Europe's role in the development and facilitation of "racism". (For Part One, see "Ignorant Science: The Eighteenth Century's Development of a Scientific Racism", in Quodlibet vol 1, num 8, December 99.) This paper will attempt three things: [a] to provide an objective though limited account of the relation between slavery and Western theology; [b] to enforce the distinction between Scriptural theology and those contextual elements which may reside in theological formulations; and [c] to provide a case study of this distinction through a treatment and analysis of the Ham story. This subject matter covered will be limited to [a] longstanding traditions developed in the 3rd and 4th century Church which remained until changes occurring in 1965 with Vatican II, and [b] popular theology within the Antebellum (i.e., pre-Civil War) South.
This paper will attempt a brief interaction between the views outlined in Kevin Vanhoozer 's "Is There a Meaning in This Text?" (Zondervan Publishing House, 1988) and Stephen Fowl's "Engaging Scripture" (Blackwell Publishing, 1998). Conclusions will be drawn regarding their degrees of compatibility and whether or not one can coherently hold to both hermeneutics simultaneously.
This paper will examine the philosophes' treatment of 18th century European science and philosophy regarding non-European/non-white peoples which to this day remain influential and which directly contributed to the death or oppression of tens of millions of non-whites through slavery or conquest.

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