C. Wess Daniels, Ph.D. is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center & Quaker Studies at Guilford College. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina…
Resisting the Evils of the Religion of Empire: liberating spirituality
C. Wess Daniels,
Whose side is God on? What does God say about empire, especially when Empire uses God to justify so much of what it does? In our day, “religion” has often been taken as a negative or limiting connotation because of these connections between “God” and empire. Can Friends find new ways of talking about religion, empire, and evil in a world that so desperately needs liberation and justice? Can Friends sort out an anti-imperial religion for the purposes of liberation or must we throw it all out?
Over the course of six live sessions, we will look at what empire is, how we can read the Bible in light of empire, and what Jesus and the traditions of resistance that follow have to say about responding to empire. We will draw insights from liberation theology to organise for the purposes of liberation of the poor and dispossessed in our communities. We will unpack some of how religion functions in our world and talk about the evils of empire. We will consider ways of resistance to empire, while practicing a liberating spirituality.
Live sessions are every Wednesday at 19:00-20:30.
Course category: History & Theology
This course will involve:
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