Life after Privacy: Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society, by Firmin DeBrabander

On the Lived Theology Reading List: Life After Privacy

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Life After Privacy, by Firmin DeBrabander, sets out to discuss privacy during the digital age in a new and innovative way. It is no secret that privacy is in jeopardy, and we, the digital citizens, are its principal threat, willingly surrendering it to gain access to new technology, and granting the government and corporations immense power over us. But what if we can protect our freedom without privacy? Read More

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

On the Lived Theology Reading List: Jesus and John Wayne

Jesus and John Wayne, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez, is an in-depth look into why white evangelicals overwhelming voted for Donald Trump in 2016, despite his obvious lack of knowledge of the Christian faith. In a comprehensive history of the evangelical movement in America, Du Mez challenges the commonly held assumption that the “moral majority” backed Trump for purely pragmatic reasons, and reveals that he in fact represents the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values. Read More


Where Do We Go From Here?

The Project on Lived Theology is exploring how the civil rights movement provides us with lessons from history as we face the seemingly insurmountable challenges of today, from living during a pandemic to coming to terms with white supremacy and racial injustice. Here is just a sample of some of the video, audio, and text found on our website, Read More

Nathan Walton MLK seminar

Nathan Walton Speaks on MLK and the Black Freedom Church

On September 16, Nathan Walton spoke as part of “The Civil Rights Movement in Theological and Religious Perspective,” a UVA undergraduate seminar taught by Charles Marsh, director of The Project on Lived Theology and a professor of religious studies at UVA. Walton placed Martin Luther King, Jr. within the history of the black church and showed how the church shaped King’s theological outlook and social engagement. Walton then examined how King was a byproduct of the black church and other social traditions. Read More

Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall, by Courtney Pace

On the Lived Theology Reading List: Freedom Faith

Freedom Faith, by Courtney Pace, examines the life and philosophy of Rev. Dr. Prathia Laura Ann Hall, an undersung leader in both the civil rights movement and African American theology. Pace chooses to focus mainly on her her civil rights activism, her teaching career, and her ministry as a womanist preacher, all while examining the most central concept of Hall’s theology: Freedom Faith, the belief that God created humans to be free and assists and equips those who work for freedom. Read More

A Course in Desert Spirituality, by Thomas Merton

On the Lived Theology Reading List: A Course in Desert Spirituality

Thomas Merton had many roles he filled in his lifetime — monk, writer, social activist — but one of his main passions was explorations of interfaith understanding. He explored different religions and their relation to the human experience, as well as examining some of the Catholic traditions he had learned about in his studies. A Course in Desert Spirituality, edited by Jon Sweeney, is a collection of some of Merton’s lectures which showcase his teachings and personal thoughts about the concept of desert spirituality. Read More

Religion Is Raced: Understanding American Religion in the Twenty-First Century, by Grace Yukich and Penny Edgell

On the Lived Theology Reading List: Religion is Raced

When white people of faith act in a specific way, it is often attributed to their religious commitments. But when religious people of color act in specific way, it almost exclusively attributed to their racial positioning. In Religion is Raced, authors Grace Yukich and Penny Edgell argue that all religion must be acknowledged as a raced phenomenon, even though America tends to look at religion only through the lens of white Christians. Read More

Jesus Saved an Ex-Con: Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration, by Edward Orozco Flores

On the Lived Theology Reading List: Jesus Saved an Ex-Con

The use of religion to rehabilitate and redeem formerly incarcerated individuals has been around for many years, but it typically places an emphasis on private spirituality, with efforts focused on repentance, conversion, and restorative justice. In Jesus Saved an Ex-Con, author Edward Orozco Flores examines two faith-based organizations that utilize the public arena to expand the social and political rights of former inmates. Read More