Victor Narro: Francis was a tough and demanding revolutionary voyager of the human spirit. He was someone who chose to live not with the easy metaphors of poverty, but in real, harsh, grinding “poorness.”
Science and Religion
Science and Religion
Kristin Christman: Hating atheists allows people to hate and feel divine about it. Yet if God is love, it shouldn’t matter if one worships God and another worships love.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Tthe phrase “man of faith” resonates with many black audiences. In this instance it’s designed to elicit an unquestioning cultural solidarity that Parker does not deserve.
Peter Laarman: The idea of amalgamation between whites and African Americans barely got beyond the conceptual stage, despite the reality that many if not most white slaveholders (from Thomas Jefferson on down) preyed sexually on the women in their service. Exploitation, yes; amalgamation, never.
Steve Hochstadt: Like Jerry Falwell himself, the so-called moral majority were less concerned with morality than with promoting conservative politics by attacking liberals.
Peter Laarman: The greatest single virtue of Lehmann’s approach is his firm rejection of reductionism, his refusal to assume that Protestantism’s accommodation of the capitalist agenda has been purely reactive and one-directional.
Victor Narro: In Talk to Me Qasim Rashid takes the spiritual framework for a just society that he lays out in his earlier book, The Wrong Kind of Muslim, and transforms it to a higher level.
Peter Laarman: It is significant, even breathtaking, that as a consequence of the Sanders campaign AND as consequence of worsening job quality and rising debt, a majority of millennials now say that they prefer socialism to capitalism.
Peter Cavanaugh: Father Daniel Berrigan gave me the only “F” I ever received at Le Moyne for submitting a five page report on a book I’d never read, even though Father Carmody rewarded that same report with an A+ the prior year in Freshman theology.
Joseph Palermo: In 1994, as a graduate student I had the great honor of spending some time with Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. after some of us organized an event where we invited him to return to Cornell to give a talk about his experiences there when he was a chaplain from 1967 to 1970.
here’s a pivotal scene in freethinker Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sunin which matriarch Lena Younger tries to put the fear of God in her rebellious, politically conscious daughter Beneatha. Beneatha, an Afrocentric atheist, has been mouthing off about God’s non-existence and irrelevance, proclaiming “Mama…it’s all a matter of ideas and God […]
Sikivu Hutchinson: From white Christian missionaries to inner-city street corner evangelists, “getting Jesus” and going to church have long been touted as the great antidotes to criminality and “bad behavior.”
Deborah Jian Lee: When it comes to race, one can trace white supremacy in the church throughout history, from biblical justifications for slavery and Jim Crow to the absence from or hostility to the Civil Rights movement.