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  •  That's a funny video. (3+ / 0-)
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    ogre, Eternal Hope, Tanya

    Jesus was a poor black man. Well not so much black as he was kind of brownish. Like an Arab. But defiantly a man of color. I didn't find any of that offensive. But I also think religion is for crackpots and the easily deceived. To me it's just funny. Jesus looked like me and I look like my Mediterranean ancestors. I have lived in Seattle now for 2 years so I look like a paler version of my Mediterranean ancestors.

    Hey, you sass that hoopy psilocynic? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.

    by psilocynic on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 11:57:34 AM PDT

    •  A note on Black Theology... (9+ / 0-)

      A distinction is made in Black Theology between skin color and social location. Jesus is not usually considered black because he had black skin (although some would argue that he did), but because his experience in the ancient Roman empire was similar to the modern experience of African Americans in the United States today. It's a social comparison.

      •  Interesting (2+ / 0-)
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        ogre, Eternal Hope

        I did not know this

        •  If you'd like to know more... (1+ / 0-)
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          Eternal Hope

          ...I'd recommend James Cone's God of the Oppressed (although, if you're white like me, it'll probably piss you off, and his later stuff is a bit less harsh). There's also James Perkinson's (I think I spelled that right) White Theology, which addresses how white theology might respond positively to Black Theology.

          The more you know :)

      •  No it wasn't. (0+ / 0-)

        A Jew in the Roman Empire was treated very well. Yashua's gripe was with the Jews, not the Romans. The Romans accepted all of their Providences equally and respected all religions. That's what makes it so funny. The Romans loved the Jews. They paid their taxes and kept to themselves. The Greeks on the other treated the Jews like slaves.

        Hey, you sass that hoopy psilocynic? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.

        by psilocynic on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 12:10:31 PM PDT

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        •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

          ...some Jews in the Roman Empire were treated well. There were also numerous Jewish revolts against what was seen (well, what was) and occupational government that occasionally over-interfered.

          That said, one can disagree with the ideas of Black Theology. The point is simply that Wright was probably not as much saying that Jesus was of African descent as he was saying that there are shared dimensions of social experience.

          •  Very true, (2+ / 0-)
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            Eternal Hope, ecclesioleft

            The Jewish revolts were led by the Sacari who would shout things like "no lord but god". They were kind of like terrorists and the Romans had a problem with them. Yeshua never associated with them and there are red letter sections of the bible that are addressed to and condemning the Sacari. All that aside, what made Rev Wrights comments funny (to me) is that it made everything so Black and White. Not all Jews were brown people just as not all Romans were pink people (nobody is really black nor white). And the pink people in the Roman world didn't hate you if you were brown. There were white slaves in Rome and free black men in Israel (and Rome). It's all rather silly.

            Hey, you sass that hoopy psilocynic? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.

            by psilocynic on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 12:40:06 PM PDT

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