Embracing Hopelessness: Theology Brunch for January
Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
January 31 2019
Embracing Hopelessness explores faith-based responses to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hopelessness. It rejects the interpretations of some salvation history that move the faithful toward an eschatological promise that makes sense of all Christian-led brutalities, mayhem, and carnage. To embrace hopelessness is to distance oneself from middle-class privilege that assumes all is going to work out in the end. By upsetting the norm, an opportunity arises that can lead us to a more just situation, although such acts of defiance usually lead to crucifixion. Hopelessness is what leads to radical liberative praxis.
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Miguel De La Torre serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver and is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He’s a former President of the Society of Christian Ethics and a board member of the American Academy of Religion. He has published 33 books, including The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress, 2011), Social Justice from a Latino/a Perspective (2013), and Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (2004). He also wrote the screenplay to a documentary on immigration, Trails of Hope and Terror.