The Weekly Hit List: March 18, 2016

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith and the forthcoming Public Faith in Action, joined David Brooks for a conversation about human flourishing.

Brazos Press is pleased to announce we are working with Karen Swallow Prior on a forthcoming book. Releasing in early 2018, Prior’s book will model the exercise of virtue through the reading of classic works of literature, works that navigate the universal themes that inform and shape human life in all its moments, both bright and dark.

Quick Hits:

At, David Roark’s discussion of Terrence Malick drew on James K.A. Smith’s concept of “cultural liturgies” in books like You Are What You Love.

Bryan at The Happy Alternative reviewed Wesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship.

Moroslav Volf’s A Public Faith was reviewed at BLOGEGESIS.

Jim Wallis, author of America’s Original Sin, was part of the conversation What’s Happening to “Value Voters?” at To The Point on KCRW.

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  • Jim Wallis and Eddie Glaude Jr. joined Morning Joe to discuss the water crisis in Flint and how racial geography impacts the country.


Op Eds:

“Many of us in the faith community are affirming the theological truth that black lives do matter, because while all human beings are made in the image of God, it is black lives, specifically, that have been devalued in our country – and our social systems must be held accountable.”



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Jim Wallis on NPR

Cover ArtJim Wallis, author of the forthcoming America’s Original Sin, was recently interviewed on NPR by Michel Martin.

You can read an excerpt of the interview below, and find the full text and audio here: Parables For Understanding A Nation’s Racial ‘Sin’

WALLIS: When Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, I felt – you might call it the lament of a white father. I knew and the whole country knew that my son Luke – six-foot-tall baseball athlete, going to college next year – had been walking and doing the same thing, same time that Trayvon was doing in Sanford, Fla., everyone knows he would’ve come back. But Trayvon didn’t come back, and so it was a parable. Jesus talked about parables. They teach us things. Michael Brown – Ferguson – was a parable. Charleston was a parable. The parable about where we are as a nation – we have to see our original sin and how it still lingers in our criminal justice system.

MARTIN: And what is the original sin?

WALLIS: Well, the original sin is – I have this sentence in the book – the most controversial sentence I ever wrote – this nation was founded by the near genocide of one people and the kidnapping of another people to build this nation. So slavery and the indigenous destruction of those who were here – that was our original sin. And it still lingers in our criminal justice system – in most of our systems.

And so the book talks about how to go deeply into that to understand what’s happening here and then to see how these events – these shootings of young black men and women losing their lives in custody – are parables. They have to teach us what repentance doesn’t mean just saying you’re sorry. Or feeling guilty means turning and going in a whole different direction.