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.

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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“We are legion”: The demonic nature of police militarization

Looking for a biblical perspective on the militarization of the police in Ferguson, Missouri and the gross civil rights violations there? Try Jesus on the Roman military presence in ancient Israel for a trenchant theological critique of how demonic this kind … Continue reading

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“It’s not your fault”: Jesus, forgiveness, and Robin Williams

One of the hardest things for people to do is forgive themselves. Compassionate connection, one person to another, can be a way people can touch the pain of wrongs done to them, or by them, and begin to let that … Continue reading

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#YesAllWomen, and #YesAllWomenDifferently

I wrote about #YesAllWomen for the Huffington Post and the fact that there is a war on women.  Their bodies are the battlefields, and there are injuries and casualties. The point I make in that article, and one I want … Continue reading

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“Happy” Easter: A fundamental truth

I heard from so many people that they had added thoughts from my Huffington Post “Is Easter ‘Happy’?” column to their Easter sermons.  Getting this feedback from people is my favorite thing about writing in the public square. “Happiness is … Continue reading

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