God Help Us Replay – Empire

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Christianity becomes a power complex and so it’s no longer used as a tool for love, but for domination.

One of the best teachers I’ve ever had is Dr. Angela Parker, a brilliant womanist new testament scholar who challenges me to interrogate my reading of the biblical text and to question where I place myself in the narratives I find there. In this episode of God Help Us, she and I sit down to talk about the Bible’s relevance to our 2018 world – both as a tool of empire used to colonize bodies (thank you, Jeff Sessions and Roy Moore) and as a collection of stories of ancient people connecting with each other and the Divine.

Angela is an assistant professor of biblical studies at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Angela has a PhD in Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics with an emphasis on the New Testament. In this episode, she recommends a number of resources for further exploration – Racializing Jesus, by Shawn Kelley; Postcolonial Feminist Interpretations of the Bible, by Musa Dube; podcasts she has recorded with Dan Allender such as this one on power and hierarchy in biblical Corinth; and “Can’t Stop the Feelings: Anger and Identity in Mark 6:17-29,” an article she published in The Other Journal.

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Thanks for listening! Until next time, God help us.

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