The question of American identity has historically been both complex and contested. What’s more, it often yields mythic notions rooted in exceptionalist dogmas like election, commission, moral regeneracy, sacred land, and innocent past. Embedded in religious American exceptionalism is the American Dream: if an individual works hard, perseveres, and is a good citizen, there is no limit to how far she can advance.
The Spirit’s loving, life-giving, transformative power—Divine Eros—connects us, moves within us, and can heal the wounds of our division.
Why does the church participate in modern-day lynching, or at most turn a blind eye, rather than protesting as our faith would dictate?
Join me in June for Duke Divinity's 'Summer Institute for Reconciliation' to learn together how we can subvert the currents of racial hierarchy and racism that permeate our lives.
Moral concern usually begins when one person makes an effort to become, in some measure, one with the other. Privilege impedes this.
The Enlightenment view of autonomous human subjects is built into the law, so the criminal justice system floats on myths and superstitions.
BLM is writing a new chapter in the history of black people's struggle for full equality. What are the implications for churches?
Disaster is understandable for black lives—they are antagonists in a narrative of humanity written to serve white supremacy. To say "black lives matter" is to interrupt this story.
Emptiness can alternatively mean too little or too much. It is sometimes unclear where emptiness is distinct from excess.