SCHAFF LECTURES 2019 VIDEOS

Dr. Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor Emerita at Cambridge University, presented the annual Schaff Lectures Nov. 10-12, 2020. In these three presentations, Dr. Coakley addresses race/racism first as a "theological" issue, and then considers the nature of sin and the Fall. While it is not usual to put these things together in contemporary American culture, many would say that racism is just a social/economic/rights/liberation problem. But that is precisely the issue at stake. Coakley argues that we cannot understand race/racism in the U.S. and its history without thinking afresh about how the darkness of sin, the darkness of white racialized visualization and projection, and (surprise!) the dazzling darkness of contemplative transformation remain weirdly entangled in our (post) Christian culture, and what it takes to newly understand their relation.

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In the Jail: Systemic Racism, Contemplation, and the Problem of "Seeing"

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Reconsidering the Fall: Desire Gone Awry and Its Consequences

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On the Way to Union? How "Divine Darkness" Convicts the Sin of Racism

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