The Luther College Religion Department will host Daniel A. Morris for a lecture as part of the "Who Do You Trust" Religion Forum Series. The lecture will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.
Morris's lecture, "Trusting a God of Justice: On Forgiveness and the Unarmed Black Man," asks questions about the trustworthiness of both law enforcement and the media in a time when the murders of innocent, unarmed black people have shocked the nation. This shock has come, in part, from the tragic and unjust nature of the events and partly because of the highly public way in which the media has shared them.
In the wake of these killings, a strange phenomenon has developed: members of the press asking family members if they will forgive their loved one's killer. Morris interprets this request as a ritual that restores whiteness to its sacred position in times of crisis. He concludes by showing how family members of slain black people resist this deceptive ritual by affirming their trust in a God of justice.
Daniel A. Morris is a lecturer in the Religion Department at Augustana College. He teaches courses in American Christianities; Christian Ethics, Race, Ethnicity, and Religion; Sexual Ethics; and Political Theology. His first book, "Virtue and Irony in American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey and Niebuhr" explored the qualities of character that are necessary for democracy to thrive in the United States. His next book, "Black Just War: Morality, Force, and the Quest for African American Justice" reinterprets the rhetoric of violence in the service of racial justice in light of the Christian just war tradition.
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