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.

Can corporations get pregnant?

The “personhood” of corporations is a legal fiction, but there is nothing remotely fictional about getting pregnant. I have born three children and know this indisputable fact quite well. Yet, remarkably, this week lawyers will actually argue before the U.S. … Continue reading

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New Social Gospel Reading List

For all those who have wanted to know what sources I am using in my online class, The New Social Gospel, this spring, here you are: The class method is taken from Freire. Read definitions. Susan Thistlethwaite, #OccupytheBible: What Jesus … Continue reading

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“Trickle Up”: The Theology of Pete Seeger

Did Pete Seeger have a theology? I think so, and it is best captured in a song he wrote toward the end of his life, “God’s Counting on You, God’s counting on me.” There’s theological anthropology, a doctrine of creation, … Continue reading

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Jesus, torture and homophobia in Nigeria

Melissa Block of NPR interviewed Michelle Faul of the Associated Press from Lagos about reports from human rights advocates in Nigeria that dozens of gay men have been arrested under a new law that makes homosexual clubs or associations illegal. … Continue reading

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“God’s Economics”: A Pastoral Letter for 2014

I have been inspired by a Facebook thread to repost this UCC Pastoral Letter I wrote on the church and economics in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.  The letter is reproduced below. The economic crisis has actually … Continue reading

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Duck, Duck…Goose! The difference between real and fake persecution

Now we have the “War on Christianity” according to right-wing sources. “Phil Robertson and his family believe that A&E [is] discriminating against them for their deeply held ‘Christian beliefs.’” Robertson was suspended from his “reality” TV show, Duck Dynasty, for … Continue reading

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu on forgiveness: “In the end, good prevails”

  YouTube video of Archbishop Tutu on forgiveness The ANC has not invited Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the funeral for Nelson Mandela, apparently because the Archbishop has been very critical of the government.  This slight to Archbishop Tutu reflects poorly … Continue reading

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