Wendy Farley received her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1988. She taught at Emory University where she was chair of theological studies for over two decades. She is currently Professor and Director of Programs in Christian Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is the author of several books, most recently Gathering Those Driven Away: a Theology of Incarnation and The Thirst of God. 

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When Vulnerability Hardens Into Hate

by Dr. Wendy Farley 04-03-2017

It is the tragedy of Christianity that the first hate crime in our constellation of texts is Matthew’s, in his telling the story of the passion. Jesus was a great teacher, an inspiring healer, and a man whose radical compassion touched everyone — women without honor, under-employed fisher folk, Roman soldiers, gentiles, Samaritans, scholarly Pharisees. The hearts of Palestinian Jews flocked to him, and this terrified the Romans. They tried to abort his movement by making his death a spectacle of cruelty and unutterable degradation.