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Radical justice and ‘Radical Jesus,’ coming to a bookstore near you

‘Radical Jesus’ rediscovers Jesus as a radical leftist thinker and traces changemakers inspired by his teachings.

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Frame from Paul Buhle’s Radical Jesus.

By Sarah Berlin | In These Times | April 2, 2014

A comic book might be the last place you’d expect to find Jesus. But a recent book edited by Paul Buhle provides just that opportunity, albeit not the Jesus you’d recognize from right-wing Christian depictions.

Using vivid imagery and lively storytelling, Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith rediscovers Jesus as a radical leftist thinker. The authors and artists trace the long history of changemakers inspired by Jesus’ teachings of peace, justice, and equality, moving from biblical times to the 16th-century Radical Reformation to modern-day movements like civil rights.


Read Alan Wieder’s Rag Blog review of Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith and listen to Thorne Dreyer’s Rag Radio interview with Paul Buhle.


The excerpt below, written by Dave Wagner and illustrated by Gary and Laura Dumm, recounts the fleeting peace forged by Pennsylvania Quakers and the Delaware tribe in the 17th century. Although the peace eventually disintegrated, Radical Jesus paints a rare picture of a diverse society based on mutual respect and interdependence.

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From Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith by Paul Buhle. Illustrated by Sabrina Jones, Gary Dumm and Nick Thorkelson. Copyright 2013 by Herald Press, Harrisonburg, VA. Reprinted by permission. This article was originally published by In These Times and was posted to The Rag Blog by Paul Buhle.

[Cultural historian Paul Buhle, professor emeritus at Brown University, publishes radical comic books and graphic novels. Sarah Berlin is an intern at In These Times.

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