Author Archives: Susan Thistlethwaite

About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.

New Social Gospel Reading List

Originally posted on #OTB:
Child labor in 2nd Industrial Revolution; one goal of Social Gospel was social policy on a minimum age for work. For all those who have wanted to know what sources I am using in my online…

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Trump Got You Down? Here’s Five Action Steps To Take Now

“To Struggle for Justice is to Pray,” wrote Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Mujerista theologian and activist.  I have been re-reading Ada’s work this morning for guidance in these times. I wish Ada were here with us, in (as she so aptly wrote) … Continue reading

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Worried About Trump? Get Your Holy Spirit On

Time Magazine trumpets Democrats: Divided and Dispirited. Oh, wait. That news story is from February 16, 1970. Guess what? The struggle for justice and peace in the United States, and around the world, has a long history. As a progressive … Continue reading

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The Monster in the Mirror: Hillary is Not a Demon, You Are

Tump supporters need to look in the mirror if they wish to find the demon they fear, at least according to the biblical understanding of the devil and the demonic. The devil is not pure evil. The devil or the … Continue reading

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#WWJDAT (What Would Jesus Do About Trump)?

Photo credit. #WWJDAT (What Wld Jesus Do About Trump)? I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment Matt 5:21 — Susan Thistlethwaite (@sbthistle) March 15, 2016 Well, it’s come to … Continue reading

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“Can a Nation Lose its Soul?” Coming to terms with the conscience of the United States and the torture of Iraqi prisoners

 Torture is so emblematic of what is deeply broken in our society.  On May 4, 2004, I published this editorial in the Chicago Tribune. It is probably one of the best known things I have ever written.  The Tribune published … Continue reading

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“No justice. No tree.” No Christmas tree lights until justice is done

"No justice. No tree." #BlackLivesMatter Theologies of incarnation of Prince of Peace matter. Do not turn on those lights. #ICantBreathe — Susan Thistlethwaite (@sbthistle) December 4, 2014

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Jesus goes to Walmart, Romans turn up too

Here we are, where Jesus and the Romans are squaring off today. The contrast is vivid. Militarized police protect Walmart from Ferguson, MO protestors who “protested peacefully, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!”and who “dispersed peacefully” when ordered to do so … Continue reading

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It’s not ‘class warfare,’ it’s Christianity

It’s not ‘class warfare,’ it’s Christianity, by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite (Washington Post On Faith, 19 September 2011) President Obama just drew the economic battlelines more clearly in his call to raise $1.5 trillion in new revenue primarily through increased taxes … Continue reading

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#JustPeace is the real counter-terrorism

Saw an ad for a "Certificate in Counter-Terrorism Studies." I already do "Counter Terrorism,"I am a Christian #JustPeace theologian. — Susan Thistlethwaite (@sbthistle) September 13, 2014

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