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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My full post is on my blog at http: I really enjoyed putting up various kinds of bulletin jmes. Thanks be to God! It’s conclusions are highly problematic but its perspective is one that’s gone unheard for far too long.

The idea from Barth is that theology begins with God’s revelation to people–with the word, with the gloriously meditatable idea that God has time for us. 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.

Should be required reading for anyone who takes either matter seriously. His suffering was not without purpose in this same line of thought. Either way, it will change you for the better.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

How can he make sense of the awfulness of lynching – of Black suffering in America, of living under white supremacy – of being a Black man seeking justice and having crows as a Christian when black suffering contradicts that faith?

It will take me a long time to absorb what I read in this book.


Inhis book Black Theology and Black Power provided a new way to articulate the distinctiveness of theology in the black Church. Feb 24, Kelcie rated it it was amazing. We must repent not only of tgee, but of our collective hatred of enemies today. Read any Karl Barth lately? Hope is found however, in the ways that black Americans saw lynching deaths in light of Jesus’ death on the cross.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Mar 12, E. But what an awesome responsibility. My favourite bulletin board I designed, and one I hung up also at Royal As one of the Associate Pastors at Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Tge, one of my responsibilities was the bulletin boards in the hallways. If you’re a white man or woman, if you’re a believer especially, The Cross and the Lynching Tree will teach you all kinds of things you didn’t know, things you can’t help but wonder how you missed.

It moves me because he drew a picture that I cannot remove from my mind’s eye. And the book that came out of it, too, is pretty scintillating. Understanding that the cross is the lynching tree and vice versa changes everything. The hope of the Gospel doesn’t come by sweeping sin and pain under the rug. If you’re unfamiliar with America’s history of lynching, I would also recommend reading books on the Great Migration, which often discuss lynching a great deal.

See Vince Lhnching talk on African American theology here: Barth starts with God, Niebuhr starts with people.

In a work that spans social history, theology, and cultural studies, Cone explores the message of the spirituals and the power of the blues; the passion and the engaged vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

That seems a little too simple.


Thd have never, ever linked or had the chance to link lynching of Black Americans with the lynching death of Christ. Cone shows us this truth in spades. Mar 28, Andrew Marr rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ultimately, Christians should be able to accept the harsh reality of this critique because by embracing the cross, we embrace forgiveness hte by believing in the resurrection, we have power to change.

Using the history of African American church, 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 Jesus in solidarity with their suffering.

Aug 11, Drick rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know that generally these lynchings do not occur as major public fross and are definitely against the law, qualities which make them different. Cone moves toward an engagement with sometimes-seeming-cross-denying womanist theology as a potential wellspring for thinking about how we might jmaes through cross to resurrection.

In the last chapter, though, Cone makes an interesting move, not altogether, in my view, successful, but worth pushing further. This book is easily one of the best theology books I’ve read in the last 5 years.

This is a book worth reading even maybe especially if you are tempted to dismiss Black Liberation Theology.