Category Archives: death

Trayvon Martin, Looking at the Scene of Violence

With George Zimmerman released, much of the attention on the trial surrounds Florida’s “stand your ground” law and determining who “instigated” the violence. Much of the case is seen to hinge on this question, for, so it is assumed, whoever … Continue reading

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Troy Davis: Executions and Precarious Black Life

“Troy Davis reminds us that there are American citizens — and then there are African-American citizens.” I’ve waited a few days to post anything about the execution of Troy Davis, trying to wrap my head around his execution, as well … Continue reading

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Slaves, Laborers, and Medical Research on Black Children

Thus, one could say that slavery—the “accumulation” of Black bodies regardless of their utility as laborers through an idiom of despotic power—is closer to capital’s primal desire than is waged oppression—the “exploitation” of unraced bodies (Marx, Lenin, Gramsci) that labor through an idiom … Continue reading

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Cheering for Death and Other Forms of Culture Making

Republican audiences have become the main attraction in the recent presidential debates, in particular, the two moments of cheering for death. Whether cheering for executions or for the freedom to die (due to lack of public health care), death is … Continue reading

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On Suicide Bombing: Asad on Suicidal Civilization

In short, in Christian civilization, the gift of life for humanity is possible only through a suicidal death; redemption is dependent on cruelty or at least on the sin of disregarding human life. Talal Asad, On Suicide Bombing For Asad, … Continue reading

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Pacifism and Violence: Two More Thoughts on Why I’m not a Pacifist

I’ve appreciated the feedback and conversations on my previous post on pacifism. Please keep them coming–as I said, I’m not settled where I am but more recognizing where I am not any more (or where I never was). I mentioned … Continue reading

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Dead-Africa, Global Charity, and Neo-Colonial Power

The Theology and Critical Race theory facebook page recently posted this article on how, despite improvements, Western media and NGO’s still portray Africa as desperately impoverished, backwards, and teetering on the verge of death and collapse. The article considers various … Continue reading

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Barth and the Death Contract

In His dying, the dying which awaits us in the near or distant future was already comprehended and completed, so that we can no longer die to ourselves (Rom. 14:2f.), in our own strength and at our own risk, but … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday: a brief reflection (God is free to be God far away from God)

It’s Trinity Sunday, and for those of you who might wonder why Christians believe in the Trinity, and who won’t be satisfied with the explanation that it’s traditional, orthodox, or taught by Scripture, here is a brief explanation of one … Continue reading

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Native Son and The Christological Determination of Death

The third part of Native Son begins with Bigger in jail (for the murder and alleged rape of a white woman), in a trance that was “not so much a stupor…[as] a deep physiological resolution not to react to anything.” This … Continue reading

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