Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is Professor of Theology and former President of the 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

God Did Not Create Robots

A look at the immoral present and future of drone warfare.

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Obama’s ISIL Strategy: Just More Endless War

Why President Obama’s planned military strikes on ISIS do not fit the criteria for a Just War.

Demand Justice for Fast Food Workers

Our economy of low wages and corporate greed is not what God intends for human life.

The Obama Doctrine: Say goodbye to “weak versus strong” in foreign policy

The president’s West Point speech exposed the illusion of a force-versus-peacemaking duality.

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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.

It’s Wrong to Worship a ‘White Jesus’

To claim that Jesus was white, is historically and theologically wrong.

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.

‘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

Here are some christian theologies that will prove halloween should be the least of our nightmares.

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

What the Confederate Flag in Front of White House Says About Our Political Battles

This is the racist legacy of slavery and its aftermath, as typified in Civil War symbolism.

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

Why Republicans long for a debt apocalypse

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg We now know the date when our fragile economy recovery will die unless Congress votes to … Continued

Chicago and Navy Yard Make Wwo ‘Mass Shootings’ in a Week: Why Do We Still Live and Die by the Gun?

As mass shootings increase in the U.S., there is a terrible sense to them.

Miss America Nina Davuluri: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Response to American Diversity

Diversity confirms our American values of freedom and tolerance.

Vladimir Putin and God

How exactly does “God created us equal” work in Russia, Mr. Putin?

10 things we can do right now about Syria instead of bombing

Syrian refugee children play with swings at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border. (Reuters/Giath Taha) … Continued

The ‘missile gap’ is a gender gap: Few American women support Syrian airstrikes

Women chant anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Idlib in northern Syria in 2012. (Rodrigo Abd — AP) Are women … Continued