March 9, 2020 / Creative Writing
Sarah L Sanderson pauses in the midst of an anxiety-filled wait for diagnostic surgery to wonder about the presence of God.
Not unlike the admonitions of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, religious leaders’ calls to welcome the disenfranchised stranger often fall on deaf ears in their congregations. I can’t help but wonder what’s going on here. What has brought the American church to this place? Why are so many Christians going against their religious authorities on this particular issue?
In this essay, philosopher James K. A. Smith considers the theological implications of free speech in dialogue with Michel Foucault, cinema verité, and the award winning film, BURMA VJ. This essay was given as a lecture at the 2009 Film, Faith, and Justice Forum in Seattle, WA on October 16th, 2009.