This Friday at 11 am Central, I will interview theologian and social activist, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. We’ll discuss Jeff’s book The Execution of God: Encountering the Death Penalty. Join us live on the RavenCast with comments and questions by clicking here a few minutes before the discussion begins. Jeff has written 16 books and has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and many other news outlets. He writes for the Patheos blog Engaging Radical Theology.
Christians follow Jesus, a man who was executed on a cross by the political and religious authorities. Jesus went to the cross to show us God’s radical love. It’s a love that invites us into new life; a life that ends the practice of executing one another and begins the radical practice of universal love and forgiveness. Unfortunately in the United States, political and religious authorities continue the archaic practice of execution. The tragic irony is that they often do so in the name of Jesus.
Jeff and I will talk about the theological reasons to end the death penalty, the spiritual consequences of the death penalty, and how we can move into the future of God’s love and nonviolence. From the book:
We kill. We kill each other. We kill God. The altar of the death chamber is open, the hour of execution upon us. Is there salvation amidst the horror of the death penalty? We must save to get saved. We must save our God. How will we encounter the execution of God? Will we save or will we be killed?
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