Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor

The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture announces

Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor

April 24th, 7:00 p.m.
The Sarazan Center

The Executed God:
The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America
Between 1980 and 2000, the number of prisoners in the U.S. tripled to over two million. Seventy percent of them are people of color. There are over 3,600 people on America's death rows. This growth industry currently employs 523,000 people.

Dr. Mark Taylor will address the abuses that take place in this "theater of terror" including;  capital punishment, inordinate sentencing, violations of fairness in both process and results, racism in the justice system and prisons, prison rape and other terrorizing techniques, and paramilitary policing practices.

Professor Taylor will also address the meaning of Jesus' execution for an American Culture where the death penalty reigns without challenge. He will offer suggestions on the ways that Christians can use the reality of their faith in an executed God to resist the thirst for death and to protest the present prison system.

With twenty-five years of involvement with prison reform, Taylor passionately describes and explains the excesses and injustices in our corrections system and capital punishment to foster compassionate and effective Christian action. He convincingly relates the life-engendering power of God — demonstrated in Jesus' cross and resurrection — to the potential transformation of the systems of death and imprisonment.
Please join us for an evening of provocative conversation about America's prison system and the death penalty in light of the Christian belief in the love, justice and compassion of an executed God.

Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor is Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American Praxis.   Dr. Taylor is also the editor of Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries and co-editor of Reconstructing Christian Theology. He is also the Coordinator of Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal. His most recent book, the winner of the "Best General Interest Book for 2001, Association of Theological Booksellers” is entitled: The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

What others have said about The Executed God:

"Mark Taylor's absorbing examinations of our shameful execution obsession is without a doubt the finest and most discerning theological analysis of the death penalty now available. There is no doubt that the question is once again back in the public eye, and his graphic and penetrating book will surely help focus the discussion we need"     
                                Harvey   Cox, Harvard Divinity School

"A powerful critique of America as Empire and the challenge it poses for all who believe in the way of Jesus."   
                                James H. Cone Union Theological Seminary, New York