Howard Thurman on the Contagion of Hatred and the Antidote of Love - Vol. 15 No. 1 Fall

Howard Thurman on the Contagion of Hatred and the Antidote of Love 

The formula is very neat: love begets love, hate begets hate, indifference begets indifference. Often this is true. Again and again, we try to mete out to others what we experience at their hands. There is much to be said for the contagion of attitudes (Thurman, 1947).i 

Howard Thurman is one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement in America. As one of the first in a long line of African American intellectuals to meet with Mahatma Gandhi at his ashram in India, in 1936, Thurman quickly appropriated and adeptly applied the philosophy of nonviolence to the problem of racism as well as to materialism and imperialism in America.

Repair - Vol. 14 No. 1 Spring 2020

“What, then, is the Church?”: The Perpetuation of Racial Injustice and the Failure of Repair at Columbia Seminary in the Antebellum United States

Thornwell and others at Columbia Seminary interpreted the magnitude and morality of slavery to construct a “middle way” approach to racial injustice and repair that was met with fierce criticism from black and white abolitionists and rife with inconsistent application and naively narrow prescriptions divorced from the everyday realities and lived experiences of black and white persons in the slaveholding South.

100 Years of Racism - Vol. 13 No. 1 Spring 2019

The Ubiquitous Dogma and Practice of White Supremacy

The purpose of this theological reflection is to explore the underlying “dogma” of white supremacy that precipitates more blatant eruptions. It assumes a leitmotif of social, political, economic and spiritual variables that within U.S. cultural history and manifest themselves within its racialized history.

Immigration, Refugees, and Reflections on Displacement - Vol. 13 No. 2 Fall 2019

Displacement and Trauma

In February of 2019, Columbia Seminary co-hosted the “Migration and Border Crossings” Conference with the Emory Center for Law and Religion. Speakers from a range of disciplines and perspectives helped conferees better understand the causes, processes, and consequences of human displacement.

Sinners and the Sinned Against - Vol. 12 No. 2 Summer 2017

The Gospel: Just for Sinners or Just for the Sinned Against?

[T]his emphasis that "we are all sinners" ignores the need for a clear distinction between victims and perpetrators.

Dividing the Kingdom - Vol. 12 No. 1 Spring 2017

Shifting Cultures

There is a truism in political science that "politics follows culture," meaning that no political systems exist in a vacuum and very few political decisions can withstand cultural opposition to them. Yet what have the campaigns, election, and transition revealed of American culture?

Empire - Vol. 11 No. 1 Spring 2016

Monstrous Empires and the Kingdom of God: What Do Monsters Reveal about the Empire?

In this essay I am interested in exploring the following questions: Is there more to the vision in Daniel 7 of the four empires and the kingdom of God than just a survey of the history of ancient empires? Is there any significance to the portrayal of world empires as monsters?

Monstrous Empires and the Kingdom of God: What Do Monsters Reveal about the Empire?

In this essay I am interested in exploring the following questions: Is there more to the vision in Daniel 7 of the four empires and the kingdom of God than just a survey of the history of ancient empires? Is there any significance to the portrayal of world empires as monsters?

Water - Vol. 10 No. 2 Summer 2015

Common Waters: Global water crises and Christian baptism

Perhaps our common baptismal waters above all can help us to see the water crises of our world in terms of the already and the not yet. Already water is a gift, which means it is not ours, but given for the common good of the world: Egypt as well as Ethiopia, Florida as well as Georgia.

New Lenses for the Text - Vol. 10 No. 1 Winter 2015

What Can Texts Do?: A Proposal for Biblical Studies

An introduction to the complexity of interpreting scripture in three "worlds": the world behind the text, the world of the text, and the world in front of the text. Along the way, Dr. Brennan Breed changes our question from "What does this text mean?" to "What has this text done?"

Imagination - Vol. 9 No. 1 Spring 2014

This Imagination Life

An examination of the relationship between imagination and theology in five acts.

Women in Ministry - Vol. 9 No. 2 Summer 2014

From Process to Main Event

This article, through four snapshots, gives a brief look at the church's recent progress and pitfalls concerning women in ministry. How can the gospel's boundary-breaking power take center stage in the church, overshadowing historical injustice?

Faith and Facebook - Vol. 8 No. 1 Summer 2013

Faith and Facebook

I look at my children and wonder how social media are influencing their sense of a threshold between private and public realms of life, their experience of time and space in the context of human community, and their intuition of transcendence.

Civility in Discordant Time - Vol. 7 No. 1 Summer 2012

Resisting Politics as Usual: Civility as Christian Witness

"For the Christian, civility is not just necessary for a stable society; it's a matter of religious obligation."

Resilience - Vol. 7 No. 2 Winter 2013

Transition, Resilience, and Fireweed

Our liturgies, our patterns of exercise and prayer, even those with whom we choose to spend our time—the contexts and the relationships they contain—contribute to that person we are always becoming, and to our ability to change, adapt, flourish—in short, to our capacity for resilience.

Faith and Feelings - Vol. 6 No. 1 Spring 2011

Emotions and Faith: The Perplexing Relationship Between What We Feel and What We Believe

"Does our faith make any difference when it comes to the world of emotions? The Bible speaks about the transformation of our minds (Rom 12:1), but what about the transformation of our feelings? Should we, as Christians, experience emotions differently than those outside the faith?"

Speaking of Children - Vol. 5 No. 1 Spring 2010

Testing One, Two, Three

The abilities valued in school might also be upheld in the church, but the church is not restricted to abilities that can be measured by standardized testing. But, how are we to measure such lofty plans in the life of the church? How will we know that we are indeed accomplishing these aims?

Keeping Faith Keeping Secrets - Vol. 5 No. 2 Fall 2010

Touchdown Jesus: On the Wages of Discipleship in America

So if American Christians want to reinvigorate their church's challenge to culture, then change is necessary both at the level of the identity-producer and the identity-consumer.

Mammon in the Maelstrom - Vol. 4 No. 1 Spring 2009

Capitalism, the Crash, and Christianity

While our various projects (economic and otherwise) of making the world look the way we want it to may be doomed, we need not succumb to the gloomy conclusion that there’s nothing for us to do and no way for us to move forward.

Seductiveness of The Familiar - Vol. 3 No. 1 Spring 2008

The Seductiveness of The Familiar

Professor Erskine Clarke examines the lives of two young 19th century seminary graduates, part of this CTS community in the past, whose lives were marked by faith and failures, and by deep moral ambiguity in the runup to the Civil War.

Feast and Famines - Vol. 3 No. 2 Fall 2008

God’s Diet and the Retraining of Desire

The faith inherent in the Lord's Supper points the way beyond complicity, even weak complicity. It reveals that sharing with others is part of delighting, and that the creation is for all. God gives to all without condition and calls us all to a community of mutual benefit.

New Church for a New Century - Vol. 2 No. 1 Spring 2007

“The Shaping of Things To Come?”

These new ecclesial experiments should be viewed as a prophetic movement both to our culture and to our traditional ecclesiastical expressions. We need to listen, to watch, to learn.

Creation on the Cross - Vol. 2 No. 2 Fall 2007

Creation in Community – Faith and the Environment

Fretheim sees extraordinary interdependence in the creation account of Genesis 1 and 2. God shares creative powers ("let the earth bring forth"). God involves others in the creative process and chooses to act in genuinely interdependent ways.

Theology After Disaster - Vol. 1 No. 1 Spring 2006

Searching for Stars

Why do so many things people say about God after a disaster seem unhelpful or flat-out wrong? What is it about disasters that can bring out the worst in theology? What is it about God that makes disasters seem so disastrous? Can we, should we talk about God after a disaster?

Do Not Be Afraid - Vol. 1 No. 2 Fall 2006

Keeping Faith in a Fearful World

In the midst of a culture of fear, the churches need to be intentional about cultivating the virtue of hope-both as personally and corporately. How might we do this? One way is to recover an understanding of divine providence that can help us trust the future.