The Political Economy of God
Presented by: Dr. OBERY M. HENDRICKS
Thursday, October 25, 9am-Noon
Saal, Bahnson Center
Contact Hours: 2.5
Streaming video will be available
Lecture 1—WWJD? The Divine Economy of God
Jesus’ words on poverty and wealth were uttered simpler economic times. For this reason, the sayings are usually dismissed as quaint and devoid of relevance for addressing today’s economic challenges. But those who believe that the world-transforming power of the Gospel eternally abides know that we must ask what his teachings can and would have us do—tactically, strategically—to bring the light of egalitarian justice into the ever-growing chasm between the rich and the poor in today’s capitalist political economy.
Lecture 2—The Political Economy of MLK’s Beloved Community
In recent years the political and economic radicality of Martin Luther King’s vision for America has begun to be appreciated. However, the radical implications of his notion of Beloved Community and its democratic socialist underpinnings have yet to be seriously considered. This lecture explores the ways the model of King’s democratic socialist Beloved Community is consistent with the divine moral economy and how it might be used to evolve a more just, more deeply democratic, and more equitable American reality.
OBERY M. HENDRICKS, Jr., Ph.D. is among America’s foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of Living Water: A Novel, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted, and The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church and the Body Politic. Dr. Hendricks is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, a Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary, and Emeritus Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. An Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hendricks holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University.