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AnonymousDeleted UserSeptember 16, 2020 at 9:49 pm
In Jesus and the Disinherited, Thurman describes Jesus as someone living in an oppressed minority group who was teaching and giving hope to that oppressed minority group. Jesus teaches these “disinherited” people to stand in hopeful courage and brave love, to see themselves as children of God just like those in power, equally valued and loved and wanted. Thurman focuses on what gospels say about Jesus, and how the disinherited people of today can accept the same hopeful message.
In Jesus and John Wayne, Du Mez describes a warrior Jesus who fights for his country, who’s rugged and manly and takes orders from no one. She describes the Jesus that white evangelicals have fashioned for themselves, and this is the primary difference between the two books. One is a Jesus that comes from the bible, and the other is a Jesus that comes out of American, white evangelical culture. So if the question is, “how do I account for such opposing views of Jesus,” my answer is simple. They originate from opposing sources.