The Cross and the Lynching Tree by Dr. James Cone. “Where is the gospel of Jesus’ cross revealed today?” Six-week comprehensive Study Guide prepared by . “On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.” -Virginia Woolf. In The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone points. He points us to. They were lynched by white Christians. My guest, Dr. James Cone, the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic.
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Cone reveals deep wells and wounds of agony in US history, at tje it is difficult to keep reading. Cone’s book is a Jeremiad that is just plain wilting in every way possible–culturally, morally, spiritually–to the white folks at whom he aims, most specifically those who confess the name of Jesus. And even essential to connecting with our fellow Americans.
Understanding that the most oppressed among us are actually “the crucified people in our midst” changes everything. Through their witness he contemplates the greatest challenge of any Christian theology to explain how life can be made meaningful in the lyching of death and injustice.
I rememb InI was a kid, a couple of years away from voting age, a son of my father, and like him, a Republican.
I do know liberation theology, mostly from its history in latin america. Read any Karl Barth lately? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
There is no mincing of words, yet the words are somehow full of forgiveness. James Cone has written a book that provoked me.
It’s a slow business. But what an awesome responsibility. In the last chapter, though, Cone makes an interesting move, not altogether, in my view, successful, but worth pushing further. There are places that I think there are weaknesses both theologically and in the communication.
Don’t debate, or make it a I read this as part of a book study in a small, church group. Clne issues are both alive and buried.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Racism is alive and well in our prison system, in the way white police treat black men, and homophobia is alive and well through out society and is killing people and we are called to take up our cross, and to be crucified until justice is brought conw. I was conne, convicted, and challenged by this book. She’d started picking cotton when she was six years old. See Vince Bacote’s talk on African American theology here: The thrust of his response is that in the black religious experience the cross is not experienced as a justification for suffering but as an empowerment to fight for one’s liberation.
His work has been both utilized and critiqued inside and outside of the African American theological community. Jan 15, Neal Montgomery rated it liked xross.
crosw There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In the book Cone mentions lynchings of non-blacks, but he never mentions the lynchings of queer persons. I read this as part of a book study in a small, church group. Jamees 21, Elizabeth Gaucher rated it it was amazing. Christian ethics and the Christian gospel for both of them begin in experience and the cross is the greatest symbol of God’s supreme love for human life for both.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Lynching was a public spectacle where people took pictures and made postcards out of them. Don’t debate, or make it about yourself if you are white. The lynching tree reminds us of Jesus’s suffering and also his association with and love for the oppressed and how that should impact our relationship to those who are oppressed in our society.
The questions Cone raises are invaluable and if we ever want to ane a true expression of the Gospel that brings all people together into God’s Covenant Family, then those questions need to be heard. Open Preview See a Problem? Cone also weaves in the power and meaning of the spirituals and blues sung by the same people being hung, burned, and dragged.
It’s conclusions are highly problematic but its perspective is one that’s gone unheard for far too long. And he made it clear to me that any attempt to exempt myself from the horrors visited on black people of the United States is futile. To say that James Cone an I are theologically far apart would be a fairly significant understatement.
This book is easily one of the best theology books I’ve read in the last 5 years. This is the best chapter in the book and its own amazing contribution to the history of American theology. Apr 30, Alyssa Foll rated it it was amazing. But I am not a Christian, I dont even know the bible very well, and I’m not black. If we’re to actually solve those problems, they must be solved theologically. This could potentially ruffle feathers, and, I believe, regularly HAS at my own institution, where setting up liberation theology or African-American theology as major interlocutors in your integration of faith and learning can get a flag thrown.
At times I wanted to say, “I get it, James! To ask other readers questions about The Cross and the Lynching Treeplease sign up. It is incredible to me how easily we forget the atrocities done in our country less than years ago. Cone argues that we must not do that. Nov 24, Ben De Bono rated it really liked it.
Now, the theological differences between black theology and other, more evangelical protestants, are pretty well known.