At the convergence of womanist theology, black feminist thought, and critical race theory, this course interrogates the concept of race as theological problem, as ideology, and as historical materialism. The critical analysis of race lays bare the paradox of the illusion and reality of race at work in the politics of radical black subjectivity, the aesthetics of blackness, and womanist theological method. Readings study womanist perspectives on theological anthropology, soteriology and divine justice as the course aims for constructive nexuses with black sexual politics, queer theory, notions of the erotic, and black feminist discourse.