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The Tools We Need to Get Started
 
A Review of 
 

Critical Theology: Introducing an Agenda for an Age of Global Crisis
Carl Raschke

Paperback: IVP Academic, 2016.
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Reviewed by Lyle Enright
 
 

The early Church Father Tertullian famously asked, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Carl Raschke, professor of religious studies at the University of Denver, takes a hard look at this question and what it means for us in Critical Theology: Introducing an Agenda for an Age of Global Crisis. Where Tertullian wondered what secular philosophy could possibly contribute to the Kingdom of God, Raschke isn’t at all sure that the Kingdom can survive much longer without a powerful dose of philosophical education, specifically from a Marxist perspective. It is thus no accident that the “critical theology” he proposes looks a lot like the “critical theory” of the Frankfurt School, a German intellectual heritage whose history he explores throughout this book’s six chapters.

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Willie Jennings

A friend of mine recently posted this NY Times article about the lack of diversity in philosophy on his Facebook wall, and speculated that its argument might also apply to theology. 

 
When you read theology, how many of the theologians are white men?

As a means to start diversifying our theological reading, here are 10 important books by non-white theologians. These books will undoubtedly open the gates to a host of works by other authors.

 

Willie Jennings
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

Listen to a talk that Jennings gave
at the Slow Church Conference in 2014.

 

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Interrupting Despair

A review of
The Heartbeat of God:
Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything.

By Katharine Jefferts Schori
.


Reviewed by
Margaret D’Anieri.

The Heartbeat of God:
Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything.

By Katharine Jefferts Schori
.
Hardback: Skylight Paths, 2010.
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THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD - SchoriHunger, homelessness, financial inequity, structural injustice, climate change, immigration reform, racism, the AIDS epidemic, the Gulf oil spill, the earthquake in Haiti, equitable health care and education. The list of problems in the world can tire me out.

Katharine Jefferts Schori is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, one of 38 primates in the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the first woman to hold such a position. Her work brings her around the country and around the world, and so she has seen firsthand the devastation of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, the destruction in Haiti, as well as the other ongoing issues in the world included in the list above. The focus of her leadership, in addition to the ongoing controversies within the Anglican Communion, has been on the role of the church in the world, including support of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals.

The Heartbeat of God links the church to the world in the context of Scripture and Christian identity. For those who wonder why the church should care about the world in which we live, this book makes those linkages in clear and sometimes provocative ways.  A chapter about what women have to do to survive is put in the context of the story of the widow giving her mite at the temple (Mark 12:41-44). Jefferts Schori writes:

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