Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite


Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is Professor of Theology and immediate past President of Chicago Theological Seminary. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her most recent books are "#OccupytheBible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power" and, as contributor and editor, "Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War."

Stories by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
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To Thwart Anti-Woman Violence, President Jimmy Carter Calls for a Religious Power Shift

President Carter sends a message to world religious leaders: Stop using religion to justify violence against women.

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It’s wrong to worship ‘white Jesus’

Jesus, Christians believe, is God-with-us.  Thus, when someone insists Jesus was “white,” the theological implication is that God is white. In fact, doesn’t … Continued

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Nelson Mandela and the spiritual legacy of divestment

One aspect of Nelson Mandela’s legacy is spiritually crucial because it shows how systemic evil can be countered by systemic good.

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‘Super’ Typhoon Haiyan: Suffering and the sin of climate change denial

These “superstorms” aren’t an “act of God,” but an act of willful disregard for God’s creation.

Five Christian theologies scarier than Halloween

View of the frescoes depicting the hell, purgatory and paradise in the Duomo of Florence. Halloween today isn’t all that … Continued

Gay marriage in the ‘Land of Lincoln’: Faith, freedom and frustration

 This week in Springfield, Illinois, the statue of Abraham Lincoln was draped in a rainbow flag as thousands held a … Continued

Confederate flag in front of White House? Our politics as war by other means

WASHINGTON, DC — OCTOBER 13: Michael Ashmore, of Hooks, Texas, leans against the White House fence with his confederate flag. … Continued

Malala Yousafzai wins God’s peace prize

(Jessica Rinaldi: Associated Press) “Thank you to God, for whom we are all equal.” So Malala Yousafzai, who was shot … Continued

When pride overruns the common good

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) recently admitted that the government shutdown continues not for achievable policy goals, … Continued

No government shutdown: A biblical case for government

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Good government is not the enemy of the people, either in the Bible, or today in … Continued