The Arkansas native is remembered for his fierce challenges to traditional Christian norms of his era.
The Rev. James Hal Cone launched a radical spiritual conversation in 1969. With his book,Black Theology & Black Power,he challenged the dominant white theological paradigm. Cone laid out his specific argument for "God's radical identification with black people in the United States," according to a statement from New York'sUnion Theological Seminary— where he worked for decades before his death on Saturday. He launched what would come to be known as Black Liberation Theology, and the conversation reverberated across theological and cultural circles.