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Edward J. Blum
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Edward J. Blum is an associate professor of history at San Diego State University and the author of several books on race and religion in American history.

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For Ferguson, We Need Less Niebuhr and More Baldwin

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Fifty-one years ago, dynamite rocked Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four girls were killed, and the face of a stained-glass Jesus was blown to pieces. The event, like that going on in Ferguson right now, left Americans and communities throughout the world wondering what to do with regard...

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Jesus Christ in Ferguson

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 10:10 AM

It seemed like every few months an African American man had been murdered. It was one hundred years ago and Judge Lynch had taken the reigns from Lady Justice. He and the mobs working for him were not blind. They saw black men, women, children, and communities to terrorize. Judge...

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Noah's No Hero

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:25 PM

This weekend, millions of movie goers will watch Noah battle the elements and wrestle with visions. He'll talk; he'll feel. He'll build the ark to house hundreds of diverse animals. What he will not do in the film, and what he hasn't done in any American film about Noah, is...

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The Sweet Touch of the Son of God

(19) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Co-authored by Paul Harvey

Americans have long been obsessed with the body of Jesus. Ten years ago, The Passion of the Christ raked in more than $300 million at the box office as Americans watched his skin whipped, his brow pierced with thorns, and his body broken on...

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The Shooting Of Children And 'God's Plan'

(552) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 8:21 PM

Children die. Sometimes peacefully at home, as my eight-month-old son did about a year ago. Sometimes when bombs blow up churches, as was the case in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, when four little girls died. And sometimes they are slaughtered, as in several biblical tales and during the shootings in...

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Why No One Cares About the White Jesus of Mitt Romney's Mormonism

(300) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 9:25 AM

During the middle of the Civil Rights movement, Mormons placed an 11-foot-tall white Jesus with an exposed powerful chest at the center of Salt Lake City. Christus, as he was originally called, was raised in 1966, but he was based upon an old Danish statue from 1821. Since '66, Christus...

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