The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Finished The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone last week as part of an update for a class discussion on Cone’s earlier God of the Oppressed. Found it often moving. The horror of lynching and all that it entailed was vividly portrayed, but also there were pointed discussions about how theologians, particularly American ones (e.g., Niebuhr) failed to address lynching or what it represented. The parallels between the cross and the lynching tree were provocative and worth exploring. I can’t exactly say I enjoyed the book – it was hard in spots – but it was well worth reading.


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