CN: descriptions of graphic violence. Also plenty of spoilers for Season 1, episode 3. Some of you may have watched the Netflix drama Marco Polo. So far, it’s run for two seasons, and the second season is much better written than the first. It’s a standard mix of historical fiction, myth, war sequences, and unvarnished brutality—and yet, […]
The ideals we reach for shape us in ways we don’t always recognize ourselves. But others around us can recognize our evolution, just as easily as we notice a house plant warping its stalk to reach for oblique sunlight. This weekend’s conference on nonviolence and atonement is almost here, and Pacific Union College professor Dr. Jean Sheldon speaks on […]
I’m speaking at the 2016 Spectrum Conference next week. The theme is Non-violence and the Atonement, and we’ll be joined by Greg Boyd, author of The Myth of a Christian Religion and proponent of the Christus Victor atonement theory. Check out the schedule and read an interview Spectrum conducted with me.
From M. Shawn Copeland’s Enfleshing Freedom: Freedom from enslavement was freedom for being human. Only by analogy could the words of the Emancipation Proclamation change the order of creation, but it did remove God’s black human creatures from the plantation ledger. Statutory freedom amended the social and political status of the enslaved people. It was […]
“You are not called to be the poster children for the status quo. Stretch into whatever vocation you are called to do… Refuse to live your lives in the past tense, the sad what-ifs, the dead-end maybes, the rootless and fruitless could-bes.” —Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes “If, indeed, womanist theology is accountable to ‘ordinary’ Black […]
“While the New Testament may be seen as anti-Jewish, it need not be taken that way, because words inevitably mean different things to different readers. More problematic are those verses that on the surface appear quite benign, but when heard with different ears can be quite difficult. “[For example,] Galatians 3:28, which proclaims that in […]