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  April 1, 2016

Madison Shockley and the Meanings of Christianity

Robert Scheer sits down with Reverend Madison Shockley to discuss his family's history with racism as well as his views on what is means to be Christian today.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

In their conversation, Reverend Madison Shockley tells Robert Scheer about his family's path from Tennessee to Los Angeles and how his father's clear character inspired him to take an unconventional path toward religion. Shockley, who is African-American discusses his experience at the helm of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California, a predominantly white church with progressive values. He also talks about how his research on what in the scripture did and did not come directly from Jesus informed his ideas on what it means to be a Christian. Lastly, he calls for a more widespread discussion on the issue of white privilege and its effects to move the country forward on race relations.

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