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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Truly an amazing work, that wrestles not only with theology but with the legacy of white supremacy in America. Lynchong 24, Ben De Bono rated it really liked it. He also demonstrates on how very difficult it has been and still is for Americans to see this truth.

Cone also would have benefited from improved transitions and perhaps greater editorial review.

Certainly this applies to endorsing lynching, slavery and racism. Man, what a book. It moves me because he drew a picture that I cannot remove from my mind’s eye. It has its place, but this seems a culmination work. 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.

Using the history of African American crosx, the music of the blues, and the writing of significant poets and novelists of the time, he shows how the lynching tree was a central reality in the lives of black people in America, and how they saw the cross of Christ as putting Fross in solidarity with their suffering. It sheds light on the words of Jesus in Matthew 7 that many will call his name but when they come to him, he will say “I never knew you.


InI was a kid, a couple of years away from voting age, a son of my father, and like him, a Republican. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, but I’m grateful to have read in light of the BlackLivesMatter movement, the KKK marching in Charlottesville and many other placesand the open This book could not be more timely.

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 away from the challenge that suffering presents to faith.

The Church either actively takes part in its kynching of queers or it is indifferent. While there are many ways to do this, I’m grateful to Cone for helping me to do this and to understand the cross better.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

It will make you wonder where you’ve been. The final full chapter explores the experience of black women and entertains the critique of the cross posed by womanist theologians, particularly Delores Williams.

And the book that came out of it, too, is pretty lynchinf. So much about that story is out-and-out incredible. Don’t debate, or make it about yourself if you are white.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Understanding that the cross is the lynching tree and vice versa changes everything. I don’t know that any book ever gave me that idea. Refresh and try again. Cone is particularly aggrieved that none of America’s foremost white theologians and preachers made any connection between the meaning of the cross ccone 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.



Cone says is only the artist who can fully express the impact events have on a people. This book is a must read for anyone serious about living a fully authentic Christian faith. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. 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.

The cross inspired non-violent resistance to the systems of oppression and gave courage to withstand the possibility and reality of violent reprisal. In this book, Black Liberation Theologian James Cone explores the symbolic and historic connections between the crucifixion of Jesus and the lynching of Blacks in 19th and 20th century America.

Now, the theological differences between black theology and other, more evangelical protestants, are pretty well known. This book is not a theological text, in fact the few theological statements I came across ran counter to what I believe.

America’s sin of white supremacy was often perpetrated by those that were “Christians.