Reformed Commentaries by Black Men

Discussion in 'Commentaries' started by chatwithstumac, Apr 14, 2018 at 9:22 PM.

  1. chatwithstumac

    chatwithstumac Puritan Board Freshman

    I know just asking this makes me sound like a racist but I noticed recently that I don't own (that I know of) any commentaries written by a black brother.

    Can someone please point me in the right direction?
     
  2. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    Do you feel your library should be a venue for affirmative action? Wouldn't you rather buy the best commentaries, rather than making the skin color of the author your criterion for acquiring them?
     
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  3. chatwithstumac

    chatwithstumac Puritan Board Freshman

    The way I look at it: My best isn't the best in everyone's eyes. I'm not looking for a battle here. I am just interested in researching what some of our reformed black brothers have to say about the word.

    I should not have narrowed my search to only commentaries. Do you have any black authors you could recommend?
     
  4. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Maybe you should just read the New English Translation (NET) Bible. One of the guys who worked on that was Black.
     
  5. E.R. CROSS

    E.R. CROSS Puritan Board Freshman

    Darrell B. Harrison is a black man who has a podcast entitled Just Thinking. He recently tackled the current trend sweeping the nation of racializing the gospel, which I have a feeling you have been exposed to.
     
  6. Cedarbay

    Cedarbay Puritan Board Freshman

    Hi Stuart: Just a quick google brought this:
    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/being-black-and-reformed-an-interview-with-anthony-carter/
     
  7. beloved7

    beloved7 Puritan Board Freshman

    Have you ever listened to Shai Linne?
     
  8. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Freshman

    I like Calvin, even though he was a white Frenchman. Funny thing, I never really think about the fact that he was French. Reading him, I can even forget he died more than four centuries ago.

    Some of the writers I read are Jewish, too. It's amazing. They manage to expound gospel truth in such a way as to make me wonder if, maybe, national and ethnic divisions don't matter a whole lot. Here's a quote from one of them:

    "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then ye are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

    In all seriousness, one would hope these kinds of divisions, which these days are so fiercely promoted in the world, would not enter the church. Are we not one body?

    I would hope that believers could agree (whether black, white, Hispanic, Jewish, or Vietnamese, etc.).
     
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  9. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    I like Augustine and he was African.
     
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  10. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Freshman

    He was probably at least tanned, so you get some points there.
     
  11. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    I'm not sure what you're looking for here. If you're interested in modern African theology, I found this volume interesting (have only looked at some small sections at a library). It includes many writers across the Protestant, evangelical spectrum from Africa. https://books.google.com/books/about/Africa_Bible_Commentary.html?id=sLGjCZDpK_0C

    If you're interested in historic African theology that impacted Reformed theology, Augustine and Tertullian would be two of the best.

    If you're interested in modern, Reformed, African-Americans, I'm aware of many pastors and writers, but not any who have written a commentary.
     
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  12. Alex Foo

    Alex Foo Puritan Board Freshman

    If you want chinese, i can direct some =)
     
  13. Ben Mordecai

    Ben Mordecai Puritan Board Freshman

    Christ the Center mentioned an African Theologian whose name I forgot who was studying African worldview presuppositions. It was in this episode

    https://reformedforum.org/ctc536/
     
  14. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Senior

  15. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Acclaimed one of the best African pastors at the present time, and he has several books currently available (though it looks as though no commentaries), Rev. Conrad Mbewe is a Reformed Baptist pastor in Zambia:

    http://www.conradmbewe.com
     
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  16. MChase

    MChase Puritan Board Freshman

  17. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

    Kwame Bediako - Very interesting background.. two Ph.Ds, the first, as I understand it, in African francophone literature (he was a professing atheist at the time), and the second at the University of Aberdeen.

    He has some interesting high-level thoughts on Hebrews as “a letter written to Africans” here:
    http://www.ijfm.org/PDFs_IJFM/32_4_PDFs/IJFM_32_4-Bediako.pdf
     
  18. SRoper

    SRoper Puritan Board Graduate

    If someone came on this board to ask "what is the best commentary by the puritans?" or "what is the best Dutch reformed commentary?", I doubt we would be rushing to delegitimize the question by responding "you should only care about the best commentaries." We read commentaries from outside our century or our language so as to illuminate our own blind spots. It isn't obvious to me that the difference between my experience and the black American experience is so small that there could be no benefit in seeking out a commentary written by a black theologian.
     
  19. E.R. CROSS

    E.R. CROSS Puritan Board Freshman

    Some of the responses have been influenced by the OP mentioning racism, as well as the current racial controversy in the American church. The timing was bad I guess.

    Also, there's a big difference between asking for Puritan or Dutch Reformed works, as opposed to works by 'black people.' The former are characterized by their theological genius, and are set firmly in particular and important times of church history; while the latter is merely skin colour. It's apples and oranges.

    A more true comparison might be asking for works by 'white people.'

    Additionally, let's not pretend that the vast majority of good Reformed theology writing hasnt come from Europeans, or those with a European heritage. God blessed these people with a knowledge of Himself, and brought about people such as the Puritans and Dutch Reformed to write many sound books, and leave behind a strong theological legacy.

    Finally, this is the PuritanBoard. A question for Puritan or Dutch Reformed works would not be met with that response because it is already acknowledged that we admire and read these men.
     
  20. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritanboard Softy

    I don’t have time to engage in social experiments and I am not concerned with engaging in affirmative action on my commentary shelves.

    No one is stopping black people from embracing reformed theology. In particular, I don’t think there is any legitimate institution of higher learning that is denying entry into their PhD programs to exceptionally gifted and brilliant reformed black men.

    You show me a top-notch Commentary written by a competent and recognized scholar who happens to be a black man, and I will consider it on its merits! But I’m not going to lower the standards of my commentary library for the sake of EO or affirmative action.
     
  21. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    You are correct.
     
  22. chatwithstumac

    chatwithstumac Puritan Board Freshman

    Yes! Bring it on! Who do you suggest?

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  23. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Graduate

    I do not think that it is affirmative action to have qualified Black persons to be capable authors of theological works/commentaries, as do not think that there is any reason why Blacks, Asians, or any other group is not as competent as white believers.
     
  24. BGF

    BGF Puritan Board Sophomore

    I don't think you understood Ben's point. He is only saying that he will judge his books by the character of their content, not the author's skin color.
     
  25. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Graduate

    I did not take it as him being say racist, but I also do think that it is an indictment in some regards to our circles if there are not that many non Whites who are qualified enough o produce quality reference works and materials.
     
  26. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    When did he, or anyone else on this thread, argue anything like that?
     
  27. BGF

    BGF Puritan Board Sophomore

    Indict away. Just don't do it my circles. Can we please make a distinction between sins committed, largely, in the past (and the effects of those sins) and the current situation? The lack of minority authors may be an effect of sin, but not evidence of ongoing sin. Unless we get that right, frustration will continue and no ground will be gained.
     
  28. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Graduate

    I was not saying that any posting here were, just making a statement that there are so few minorities who have authored Reformed materials, or at least that is what it appears to be.
     
  29. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Graduate

    I just think that it means that we need to do a better job of bringing into our churches/assemblies. and into our theological circles more minorities.
    When I was in the Pentecostal church, did seem to be more of a real outreach towards minorities , and even in my local baptist church, we have been slow to integrate different cultures into our church, but have been doing better in that regard recently.
     
  30. chatwithstumac

    chatwithstumac Puritan Board Freshman

    E.R.

    Responding to your first paragraph.

    You're right. I should have rephrased the question in a different way or asked something else. Thank you for your comments in this thread. They have been very helpful.

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