Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
Professor, Chicago Theological Seminary

Former president of Chicago Theological Seminary (1998-2008), Thistlethwaite is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Latest by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

It’s wrong to worship ‘white Jesus’

It’s wrong to worship ‘white Jesus’

Jesus, Christians believe, is God-with-us. Thus, when someone insists Jesus was “white,” the theological implication is that God is white. In fact, doesn’t God, in our cultural stereotype, look a lot like Santa? Old white man with a long white beard?

Nelson Mandela and the spiritual legacy of divestment

Nelson Mandela and the spiritual legacy of divestment

Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for all you did to show us what principled leadership, in concert with global networks of non-violent direct action, can accomplish.

‘Super’ Typhoon Haiyan: Suffering and the sin of climate change denial

‘Super’ Typhoon Haiyan: Suffering and the sin of climate change denial

These “superstorms” aren’t an “act of God,” but an act of willful disregard for God’s creation, and the neglect of the human responsibility to care for the planet.

Five Christian theologies scarier than Halloween

Five Christian theologies scarier than Halloween

Halloween today isn’t all that Christian or all that scary any more. Here’s what does terrify.