Author Archives: Susan Thistlethwaite

About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary; I blog here, at the Huffington Post, and at other venues. I am a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. 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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