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AnonymousDeleted UserSeptember 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm
Having lived through much of the tragicomedy presented in DuMez’s book, I’m still contending with the wounds. Seeing the scope of my own story––as a young Catholic who was trying to find her way in a shiny evangelical subculture––through the eyes of a historian helped me appreciate the vague sense of disempowerment I fought at virtually every level of my career and church experience. Jesus in this context is a puppet for those in power…a backroom powerbroker, hired gun, Viagra dealer to shore up the brittle egos of men. By contrast Thurman’s Jesus comes as a poor minority, entirely aligned with those who suffer, actively working to liberate people from the inside out.