Ever since I first started reading Dr. Jennings’ work I have wanted to get him on the podcast and it did not disappoint. We discuss Christian animism, the nature of whiteness, the hidden supersessionism in the Religion-Science dialogue, theological education, and more. Enjoy.
Dr.Willie James Jennings is the Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University. His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective category the year after it appeared and, in 2015, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America. Englewood Review of Books called the work a “theological masterpiece.” His commentary on the Book of Acts, titled Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate received the Reference Book of the Year Award from The Academy of Parish Clergy in 2018. Dr. Jennings has also recently published a book that examines the problems of theological education within western education, entitled After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging.
Awesome Books We Discuss in the Conversation
- Beyond Nature and Culture by Philippe Descola
- How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human by Eduardo Kohn
- The Hebrew Bible and Environmental Ethics: Humans, NonHumans, and the Living Landscape by Mari Joerstad
- The Relative Native: Essays on Indigenous Conceptual Worlds by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro