Entries by Ben Garrett

Black Theology, White Eyes: A Primer for the Privileged

“To read black theology as a white person is to truly see one’s own racially biased, white theology for the first time. Black theologians are attempting to rescue Christianity from an unjustly universalized white interpretation and therefore are deft surgeons when it comes to excising cultural whiteness from Christian theology.”

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The Devil in the Mirror

“One of the great ironies of our time (perhaps of history) is that it is precisely at the table where Christ broke bread with his betrayer that Christians are huddling together with people who differ from them in almost no meaningful way.”

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Worship from the Mines

“Danger is everywhere for these young men. With a 40-year average life-expectancy, miners are exposed to poisonous gases and cave-ins, making death an ever-present possibility in Cerro Rico. In an attempt to protect themselves, the miners make offerings of cocoa and cigarettes to El Tio, the deity of the mines. It’s no wonder statues of El Tio are stationed throughout the mines by the companies who own the mountain. Every day, the Catholic Bolivians descend into the earth and worship the devil.”