October 1, 2015 / Perspective
Reggie Williams’s Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus is a timely work for both Bonhoeffer studies and theological engagement in general.
In this interview, Gary Dorrien discusses the contemporary economic crisis, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s economic perspective, and constructive theological responses to empire, including the implementation of his own theories of economic democracy.
Contrary to the pervasive “sacred-secular” dichotomy that infects many Christians’ view of the world of “ordinary” work, the Bible has a comprehensive and positive understanding of God’s involvement in the public arena, from creation to new creation, providing perspectives that should govern our ethical, missional, and pastoral engagement with it.
The Old Testament recognizes that riches can be gained through wickedness and oppression, but it also teaches and exemplifies that those to whom God grants more than ordinary wealth can and should make use of it in ways that are righteous before God, both in attitude and in practice.