Claude Atcho is a pastor in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the author of Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just. As Josh Larsen has said, this work of Christian literary criticism is written “with the passion of a book lover and the urgency of a preacher.” In this episode, Claude Atcho and Jonathan Rogers visit some of the great works of twentieth century Black literature. They talk about a kind of theological reading that goes well beyond empathy. They also discuss what it means to acknowledge the image of God in another person—among other things.

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