Category Archives: Politics

Jesus’s stereoscopic vision: aligning what is with what will be

In his book Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution, André Trocmé gives an illustration that relates the binocular vision principle to man’s view of reality in an ultimate sense. Humans’ two eyes enable them to perceive objects more truly, in three … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo by Cécile Fromont

From the accession of Afonso I to the Kongo throne in 1509 to its final dissolution in 1914, the Kongo in central Africa was a Christian kingdom whose status was recognized throughout the early modern Atlantic world. Remarkably, Christianity developed … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

As a schoolgirl, I was taught plenty about slavery and segregation in the US; I was taught that both were gross injustices, shameful times in our nation’s past. There was so much emphasis on the civil rights movement in our … Continue reading

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The Homeless Jesus sculpture is at it again

Provoking discussion, that is. Last April I wrote about a sculpture by Timothy Schmalz that depicts Jesus as a homeless man on a street bench. Well, another cast of it has been purchased by and installed outside St. Alban’s Episcopal … Continue reading

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What the cross has to say to civil rights struggles

On September 15, 1963, a bomb tore through the east wall of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four little black girls who were attending Sunday school. The act of four white men, this bombing was only one … Continue reading

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MLK, Pippin, and the Holy Mountain

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, I’d like to highlight the work of one who shared Dr. King’s vision, but whose microphone was a canvas. This painting by self-taught African American artist Horace … Continue reading

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‘Let justice roll on like a river’

This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: “. . . You who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground. . . . You trample on the poor and force him to give you … Continue reading

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Fritz Eichenberg’s The Labor Cross

I recently finished reading the book Works of Mercy, a select compilation (by Robert Ellsberg) of Fritz Eichenberg’s wood engravings from The Catholic Worker newspaper. The art is supplemented with essays, article excerpts, and quotes relating to social justice. I’ve … Continue reading

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Roundup: Terrorism, evangelism, prayer, gay marriage, and falling plates

“Not all terrorism is equal” by David Rothkopf: Puts the Boston Marathon attack in a global perspective. “The same day as the Boston Marathon attack, scores of ordinary people were killed in coordinated terror bombings across Iraq. On Saturday, an … Continue reading

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Be a thermostat, not a thermometer

As a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post, here is a challenge to the church given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail. (If you have never read this letter in its … Continue reading

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