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Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony

Living in the Shadow of the Cross Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony Over the centuries Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise Its institutions have fed the hungry sheltered the homeless and advocated for the poor Christian faith has sustain

  • Title: Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony
  • Author: Paul Kivel
  • ISBN: 9780865717428
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the centuries, Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise Its institutions have fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and advocated for the poor Christian faith has sustained people through crisis and inspired many to work for social justice.Yet although the word Christian connotes the epitome of goodness, the actual story is much complOver the centuries, Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise Its institutions have fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and advocated for the poor Christian faith has sustained people through crisis and inspired many to work for social justice.Yet although the word Christian connotes the epitome of goodness, the actual story is much complex Over the last two millennia, ruling elites have used Christian institutions and values to control those less privileged throughout the world The doctrine of Christianity has been interpreted to justify the killing of millions, and its leaders have used their faith to sanction participation in colonialism, slavery, and genocide In the Western world, Christian influence has inspired legislators to continue to limit women s reproductive rights and has kept lesbians and gays on the margins of society.As our triple crises of war, financial meltdown, and environmental destruction intensify, it is imperative that we dig beneath the surface of Christianity s benign reputation to examine its contribution to our social problems Living in the Shadow of the Cross reveals the ongoing, everyday impact of Christian power and privilege on our beliefs, behaviors, and public policy, and emphasizes the potential for people to come together to resist domination and build and sustain communities of justice and peace.Paul Kivel is the award winning author of Uprooting Racism and the director of the Christian Hegemony Project He is a social justice activist and educator who has focused on the issues of violence prevention, oppression, and social justice for over forty five years.

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    1. Paul Kivel

      Paul Kivel b 1948 , social justice educator, activist, and writer, has been a leader in violence prevention for than 35 years He is a trainer and speaker on men s issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to manhood, and the impact of class and power on daily life Paul has developed highly effective participatory and interactive methodologies for training youth and adults in a variety of settings His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions.

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    1. Some people see the Devil around every corner. Paul Kivel falls into this category. But instead of seeing the Devil, he sees a dark manifestation of the evil of Christian Hegemony. Living in the Shadow of the Cross is a disjointed and shallow attempt to unravel what the author sees as the worldwide threat of Christianity’s power elite. As a practicing witch and pagan, I completely recognize the dangers of allowing faith-based beliefs to seep into public policy and law. We’ve seen, particular [...]


    2. While some of his arguments against Christianity may in fact be caused by other, albeit complementary systems, I found the book's focus on how we can harm ourselves by internalizing mainstream American Christian philosophies such as dualism, judgment, and original sin/evil very helpful in understanding myself.


    3. Paul Kivel addresses what he calls Christian hegemony - the overarching influence and control exercised in terms of public policy, cultural forms and the way issues are framed and carried out. While acknowledging that there are Christians who are working against this hegemony, he gives example after example of conservative Christian groups seeking to impose their theological and political will on the rest of society. Citing such historical trends as the Crusades, the Inquisition, doctrine of dis [...]


    4. Read chapters 5 and 6, flip through the rest. Those two chapters were really interesting and I'm glad I read them. The rest of the book is weirdly organized and poorly argued. I think it's an important topic, but not sure this book is doing a great job of laying it out.


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