Edward Carson Essay

I was reading the New Testament book of Matthew yesterday on the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Christians proclaim a desire to live a life of Christ. In reading Matthew, here in the Christmas season, it is clear that Jesus was seeking refuge from King Herod, in regions that made him an undocumented person. I just read a study on the number of evangelical Christians who favor Trump because he will keep folks out and deport others. Ephesians 2:14, ” For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility”. Would you deport Jesus? Preachers — be radical this Christmas and take your church to the next level and aim to bring radicals to the pew. Be like Christ here. The 21st century church must disavow its complacency and promulgate equality through radical preachers with radical members who love people more than capitalism and party idolatry, and who will subscribe to what Psalm 82: 3-4 notes: “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 

In the Gospel according to Mary Brown and her child Joshua, who represents one of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black biblical characters, he found comfort among those who were societal outcasts. He, who was [the Black] Jesus Christ, marched with the poor, with sinners, and communists; however, whites did not embrace this Christ. Better yet, the white South lynched this Christ because they could not accept a Christ that accepted all people. Because of this, the very people who awaited him – the Christian South, killed Joshua.

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W.E.B. Du Bois panel at African American Intellectual History Society Conference
Edward Carson is an independent historian and residential faculty member in the history department at Brooks School, in North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from Alabama Christian Academy in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, Carson earned a B.A. in History and Religion, as well as a graduate degree from Harding University. He primarily teaches Advanced Placement United States history and European history, and an African American Studies seminar courses. His current research looks at race, religion, and Black thought, particularly that of W.E.B. Du Bois. His working manuscript, W.E.B. Du Bois's Editorial Influence on Western Negro Migration, responds to the gap concerning Du Bois’s editorial reflection of the western states and its impact on the Negro plight. He has published and presented papers that focus on Black identity, religion, Du Bois, and the nature of history teaching. He is currently working on a paper entitled, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reluctant Communist. He edits for The Christian Century Magazine Then and Now, and sits on the Christian Scholars’ Conference committee. Joined by historians Phillip Luke Sinitiere and Gerald Horne, they are editing a special journal issue of Socialism and Democracy, with a theme: “Socialism and Democracy in W.E.B. Du Bois’s Life, Thought, and Legacy. Carson published a text for students and teachers through Norton Publisher, Historical Thinking Skills in History. Read more about Carson's passion for teaching in an interview conducted here by the American Historical Association. 

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