Stalcup Webinar – The Politics of Jesus

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Date(s) - 03/25/2023
9:30 am - 11:00 am

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The Politics of Jesus
Sixteenth Jean and Patrick Henry, Jr. Seminar
Saturday, March 25, 2023
9:30 to 11:00 am CT

The ministry of Jesus entailed a radical political dimension that is seldom acknowledged. The message he proclaimed not only called for change in individual hearts, but also demanded sweeping, comprehensive change in the political, social and economic structures in his setting in life. An important goal of his ministry was to radically change the distribution of authority and power, goods and resources, so all people – particularly “the least of these” – might have lives free of political repression, enforced hunger and poverty, and undue insecurity. He sought not only to heal people’s pain but also to inspire and empower the people to remove the unjust social and political structures that too often were the cause of their pain.

Obery Hendricks, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in Religion and African American and African Diasporic Studies. An Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hendricks holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University. He is the author of the best-selling The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (Doubleday: 2006). His most recent book is Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith (Beacon: 2021).