Michael Yorke holds an M.A. in historical theology from Wheaton College and completed a master of theological studies (M.T.S.) focused on modern religious thought and experience at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He will begin pursuing a Ph.D. in religious studies at Yale in the fall of 2023.

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Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody About James H. Cone

by Michael Yorke 04-27-2023

Image of James H. Cone's "God of the Oppressed" and "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" with a newspaper clipping featuring Cone. Josiah R. Daniels/Sojourners.

My early suspicion of Cone was reflexive. I had been formed in the intercessory prayer meetings of pious Afro-Caribbean Pentecostalism and naturalized in the halls of white evangelical academia during the so-called “post-racial” years of the Obama presidency. In those churches of my youth, racism was real, “but not nearly as bad as it had been in the past.”