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By Michelle A. Gonzalez

The first e-book to check Cuban American and African American religiosity, Afro-Cuban Theology argues that Afro-Cuban religiosity and tradition are crucial to knowing the Cuban and Cuban American . Gonzalez translates this saturation of the Afro-Cuban as transcending race and affecting all Cubans and Cuban americans even with their pigmentation or self-identification. construction on a historic evaluation of the intersection of race, faith, and nationhood, the writer explores the way within which devotion to l. a. Caridad del Cobre, well known faith, and Cuban letters tell an Afro-Cuban theology.
            This interdisciplinary learn attracts from a number of theological colleges in addition to the disciplines of historical past, literary reports, and ethnic experiences. the first self-discipline is systematic theology, with particular awareness to black and Latino/a theologies. faraway from being disconnected subfields, they're interrelated parts inside theological reports. Gonzalez presents a large review of the Cuban and Cuban American groups, emphasizing the style within which the intersection of race and faith have functioned in the building of Cuban and Cuban American identities. The Roman Catholic Church’s function during this heritage, in addition to the renovation of African spiritual practices and consequent formation of Afro-Cuban religions, are paramount.
            additionally groundbreaking is the collaborative spirit among black and Latino/a that underlines this paintings. the writer proposes a variety of racial identification spotting the several cultures that exist inside of U.S. racial contexts—specifically a version of collaboration as opposed to discussion among black and Latino/a

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For Isasi-Díaz, the intentional choice to embrace the mestizo/mulato condition is a way to contest hegemonic constructions of identity within the academy and society. Perhaps no other Latino/a theologian has worked harder to explicitly maintain the categories of mestizaje and mulatez than biblical scholar Fernando F. Segovia. Segovia describes Latino/as a “hybrid people,” both mestizo and mulato. “On the one hand, we are children of Spain and thus of Europe, Mediterranean and Catholic Europe. .

Her article privileges the contributions of Chicana feminist theorists whose work informs her own epistemology. The significance of these sources and their role in Pineda’s theological reflections is clear to one who is a Chicana herself. Pineda does not, however, address why specifically Chicana feminism should be privileged in the broader discourse of Latina feminist theory and theology or how Chicanas’ writings (which are steeped in the particularity of Mexican and Mexican-American culture and history) relate to the broader context and histories of Latinas.

Standing in the heritage of Latin American liberation theology, Latino/a theologians are not new to the ethical dimensions of the theological task. Writing history is a moral (as well as a political, social, and economic) act that must be placed in an ethical framework. The ethics of Latino/a identity must be at the forefront of our theologies. While it is important to maintain the coalitions that exist among different Latino/a groups, it is equally important not to privilege certain sectors of our population at the expense of others.

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