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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Along the way he deliberately rejects much of the western theological tradition, again causing many problems. When the gospel is translated among cultures as it has expanded, that translation involves “a certain judgment” on the culture that brings the message–as well as on the receiving culture, requiring an interrogation and refiguration of lybching held dogmas.

The central premise is that black religious experience is shaped by suffering A landmark in the conversation about race and religion in America. Kames and try again. Elbert Hubbard describes the Church for the most part: The two quotes above encapsulate what for me were its most compelling lessons. In when I was organizing the Good Friday service at Cathedral of Hope, I drew on this bulletin board and instead of the normal Tenebrae readings, read from these selected poems, including “Strange Fruit” and “American Triangle.

Maybe I’ll be able to get through As a theologian I need to be able to explain for the sake of myself, my students, and the church why white supremacy is fundamentally anti-Christ.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Want to Read saving…. James Cone’s work is both brutal and beautiful. I never knew any of that until I read James H. And he made it clear to me that ajd attempt to exempt myself from the horrors visited on black people of the United States is futile. I was no Bircher, but I remember my thrill when Barry Goldwater told the nation and the world that “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.


Jul 16, Samantha Ham rated it it was amazing. What there was, was subterfuge. Which is first why this book must be accessible. I have never read anything like this, and I would recommend to white Christians specifically so they can hear a different perception of Jesus’s life and lynching rather than what is usually preached from white churches these days.

But what an awesome responsibility.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

And find it tremendously difficult to run counter to general opinion. More importantly, crucifixions, like lynchings, were messages first not to the one killed, but to those alive jqmes might tempt the same fate. Dylan goes on to sing that “the circus is in town” and then catalogs Western Civilization turned topsy-turvy, suggesting that lynching does this, thanks to the “blind commissioner.

Any genuine hames and any genuine preaching of the Christian gospel must be measured against the test of the scandal of the cross and the lynching tree.

I had been uncomfortable all along in the book with what seemed like a forgetting of the resurrection in the centralizing of the cross which isn’t fair I suppose, since this book is a corrective to over emphasis on Easter Sunday without Good Friday.

In The Cross and the Lynching Tree Cone argues that the lynching tree and essentially the suffering of the “least of these” anywhere and the cross ghe mirrors that help to the explain one another. Other chapters in his book are informative about black history and culture but are rather repetitive, as relating to his theology. I rememb InI was a kid, a couple of years away from voting age, a son of my father, and like him, a Republican.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This is a powerful word for today for those tgee have the ears lynchiny hear. The next chapter is an interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. I am convinced that the answer to racism and jaames path to healing racial wounds lies not in sociology or politics but in the Gospel.

For African Americans, the image of Jesus, corss on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era. That seems a little too simple. Cone’s book is a Jeremiad that is just plain wilting in every way possible–culturally, morally, jqmes the white folks at whom he aims, most specifically those who confess the name of Jesus. The argument, in short, is this: I also hung some critical modern poems.


This is a great book. The idea from Niebuhr is that we can’t even know the word outside of human failure and the brutal facts of human “self-interest and power” the irony of citing Barth as the more “Evangelical” position is not lost on me, though all of this probably helps to most quickly illustrate how LITTLE I know of theology. Hardcoverpages. I liked this chapter and Cone’s narration of the history of black women, such as Fannie Lou Hamer.

Lynching was a public spectacle where people took pictures and made postcards out of them. This seems like a necessary and helpful close-out to the book, though it perhaps isn’t as fully rendered as would be helpful.

Cone argues that we must not do that. Cone moves toward ths engagement with sometimes-seeming-cross-denying womanist theology as a potential wellspring for thinking about how we might move through cross to resurrection. I es This book was lynchimg and disconcerting. Cone begins his book with a damning theological observation which he seeks ccross correct and address in this book: Thanks be to God! Perhaps they are meant to be as Cone drives home his point about the terrible reality of black suffering in a “Christian” America under white supremacy.

Christianity is an opiate when it lulls us into our apathy, it is alive and well when we are called to justice, and called to the cross. But while I have appreciated all of Cone’s books that I have read I think this is my fourththis is probably the best.

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