The Cross and the Lynching Tree by Dr. James Cone. “Where is the gospel of Jesus’ cross revealed today?” Six-week comprehensive Study Guide prepared by . “On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.” -Virginia Woolf. In The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone points. He points us to. They were lynched by white Christians. My guest, Dr. James Cone, the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic.

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Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in tne history and souls of black folk. Cone James Cone talks of the lynching tree in the history of black people. James gives lots of great connections of cross to the lynching tree starting by calling The Crucifixion the first lynching because Jesus was innocent and killed by mob hysteria.

That was the whole story. Don’t debate, or make it a I read this as part of lynchong book study in a small, church group. James Cone’s work is both brutal and beautiful.

Cone moves toward an engagement with sometimes-seeming-cross-denying womanist theology as a potential wellspring for thinking about how we might move through cross to resurrection. She’d started picking cotton when she was six years old.

So I spent about six weeks reading it. The African-American churches saw lynchkng God redeems the suffering and that suffering comes about when the powers and principalities are challenged and exposed. I immediately thought of Judy Shepherd and her powerful response to homophobia after Matthew’s death.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

But I thought that Cone’s description, early in the book, of the difference between Barth’s and Niebuhr’s starting points, was helpful. Cone shows us this truth in spades. You may have some hard self-reflection.


The questions Cone raises are invaluable and if we ever want to have a true expression of the Gospel that brings all people together into God’s Covenant Family, then those questions need to be heard.

Cone, I would start with his earlier works he references them often.

The profoundly difficult job of trying to reconcile the reality of these truly awful Christian White Suprematist hate crimes is well nigh impossible. Hamer’s story turns your stomach and wrenches your heart. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who had occupied the office for less than a year at that point and who, down the road, distinguished himself boldly and wonderfully for the cause of civil rights in this country, was scared to death he’d lose the votes of the Dixiecrats to the Republicans if they heard Hamer’s indictment of Southern racism.

Lynching was a public spectacle where people took pictures and made postcards out of them. It’s also a pretty shocking introduction to the horrors of lynching for those who have little knowledge about it.

But then crosx, however, the press, who smelled something like “fake news” a half-century ago and went back over the ground they’d just trod in an effort to locate the source of the smell they couldn’t get out of their system. As a theologian I need to be able to explain for the sake of myself, my students, and the church why white supremacy is fundamentally anti-Christ. This is a powerful word for today for those who have the ears to hear.

At times I wanted to say, “I get it, James! Yet, they were often missed or blatantly ignored by gree, including many theologians and pastors that should have clearly seen and articulated the parallels.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Jan 15, Neal Montgomery rated it liked it. A woman sitting next to me at the conference on Black and Womanist Theology at the University of Chicago in the fall of told me that James H.


These issues are both alive and buried. Cone is not attempting to say that Lynching does the exact same thing as Jesus did at the cross, but he is saying that how we understand both lynching and mames cross should be influenced tthe the other. Jan 20, Amy Hughes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Truly an amazing work, that wrestles not only with theology but with the legacy of white supremacy in America.

In the justice work of black women, the cross becomes a way to triumph over through the resurrection principalities and powers–through the suffering and responses to it, a new day comes. The hope of the Gospel doesn’t come by sweeping sin and pain under the rug.

This is liberation theology and theological reflection at its finest. This book has been recommended to me for years, but it was Cone’s death earlier this year and my planned visit that moved me to actually pick it up.

Cone sees the murder of Jesus as a lynching of the day – the innocent destroyed by the hate of an angry mob who make unsubstantiated claims or simply done with no attempt to justify the hatefulness of what was done.

This is an academic theological text, and is best read if understanding the background of African-American Liberation Theology. I also found that great healing can occur by truly acknowledging the past and repenting from what happened.

Feb 26, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: