#56 – God of the Oppressed by James Cone (My 100 Favorite Books)


This is not an easy book to read, but if you are a Christian leader in America, or any interested Christian reader, it is one you probably need to read.  Especially if you are a white Christian.  Whether we like it or not, our faith is filtered down to us in a certain way.  This is not necessarily good or bad, it is just unavoidable.  The problem becomes when we don’t realize we have blindspots.  For me, learning from writers throughout Christian history – from the early to medieval church, Orthodox theologians to medieval mystics – was the first way I recognized my own cultural blinders.  The other is to read contemporary writers, like Cone, who do not look like me.

Books like this will mess with your comfortable Christian life, but in good and essential ways.

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