The Cross & The Lynching Tree

James ConeFrom James Cone in The Cross & The Lynching Tree (2011):

The lynching tree—so strikingly similar to the cross on Golgotha—should have a prominent place in American images of Jesus’ death. But it does not. In fact, the lynching tree has no place in American theological reflections about Jesus’ cross or in the proclamation of Christian churches about his Passion. The conspicuous absence of the lynching tree in American theological discourse and preaching is profoundly revealing…To reflect on this failure is to address a defect in the conscience of white Christians and to suggest why African-Americans have needed to trust and cultivate their own theological imagination.

*Click here for a free PDF of the Introduction and Chapter 1 of The Cross & The Lynching Tree.

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