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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I am rounding up my rating because of the importance. Although my goal isn’t to critique Cone, these errors need to be pointed out at least briefly. Wells articulated it powerfully. Feb 22, Levi Jones rated it really liked it Shelves: A landmark in the conversation about race and religion in America. I read this as part of a book study in a small, church group.

In this book, Black Liberation Theologian James Cone explores the symbolic and historic connections between the crucifixion of Jesus rree the lynching of Blacks in 19th and 20th century America.

This is simply not an introductory text. He criticizes the white church for its indifference, and its taking part in the lynching of black people, and its support of racism or its indifference from liberal supporters. How powerful an impact Cone could have, as the leading black theologian, to make that connection and confront the homophobia that entraps many African-Americans.

Cone is particularly aggrieved that none of America’s lynchng white theologians and preachers made any connection between the meaning of the cross and the lynching tree, that God entered into human affairs and took the side of the oppressed, that none of them made the rejection of white supremacy central to their understanding of the gospel. This book – unlike any other I’ve read about racism and the injustice it creates – gave me a deeper understanding of why there hree an understandably deep mistrust of what is said by white people in this nation.

But it is also inspiring of hope and reconciliation. I don’t necessarily agree with all the lyjching discussed in this book, and I wish it focused more on the resurrection, in order to speak the light of God’s restoration into the black experience.

Moreover, I agree with Cone that mainstream churches have tended th move beyond conf pain and damage of jamds lynching period without truly repenting and restoring our relationships with the black community. It is a names book that succintly discusses the connection between the cross and the lynching tree and, through that, the power of the cross in the black religious experience.


Which is all the more reason I was surprised by his silence on queer lynchings. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era. I am a conservative evangelical while he is one of the primary voices behind black liberation theology, standing well within the liberal theological tradition. You know that I worked in an area of Dallas that has been historically segregated.

He chooses experience, not the Word of God, as his theological starting point which creates a great many problems.

A woman sitting next to me at the conference on Annd and Womanist Theology at the University of Chicago in the fall of told me that James H. Yet, they were often missed or blatantly ignored by whites, includ James Cone’s work is both brutal and beautiful. Cone weaves together the Cross of Christ, an object of humiliation, but ultimately redemption with the “lynching tree” –the site of countless brutal murders of African-American men and women. The forgiveness in Cone’s words, the forgiveness proclaimed by Jesus, should be enough to undermine our trust in ourselves and our ability to see what we are doing.

The thrust of his response is that in the black religious experience the cross is not experienced as a justification for suffering but as an empowerment to fight for one’s liberation. In another substantial chapter, he sets up Martin Luther King, Jr.

Depending on who you are, this book will make a jamds in your life. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and so A landmark in the conversation about race and religion in America.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

To ask other readers questions about The Cross and the Lynching Treeplease sign up. And it is also why there’s so many chunks of Jim Crow era literature in the book. Jul 16, Samantha Ham rated it it was amazing. No doubt Niebuhr deserves the critique, but the chapter works, I think, more in relation to theological history than to a broader audience that may wish to encounter his work and to whom he is so solicitous in the accessible voice presented by the book.

There is also a chapter applying many participants of the Harlem Renaissance to the topic. This is important for us to read and consider. It indicts the failure of white religion and culture to address the crime of lynching but opens up the way for it to be done now. Hamer had a sixth-grade education and no more because her hands were needed in the cotton fields, where her family tried to make a life from sharecropping. A towering, empathetic tour de force that looks at how black culture used the church and the blues both to cope with their suffering and make meaning from it, and which doesn’t shy awa Truly an amazing work, that wrestles not only with theology but with the legacy of white supremacy in America.


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The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

The book began with an hte opening insight into the public humiliation and shame of crucifixion. That alone provokes me to look at the works of black artists in a whole new way. Jan 14, Pearl rated it really liked it.

And the cross reminds us that through the blood of Christ there is hope and redemption even in things as te 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 are mirrors that help to the explain one another.

His soul comes across the page. But while I have appreciated all of Cone’s books that I have read I think this is my fourththis is probably the best. I rememb InI was a kid, a couple of years away from voting age, a son of my father, and like him, a Republican. Feb 26, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again.

Eventually, a free lynchinb found it, discovered the whole blasted story. To say that James Cone an I are theologically far apart would be a fairly significant understatement. This book has been recommended to me for years, but it was Cone’s death earlier this year and my planned tree that moved me to actually pick it up.

Don’t debate, or make it a I read this as part of a book study in a small, church group. It seems that this will be his last book, though he conw not say it.

This idea makes it possible for us to see a trace of the sublimity as in the terrifying, horrific, and beautiful in Ephesians 2: