On Tyranny: The Christian Response to Resist
















Monday, January 17th
7 – 8:15 p.m.

Please register for the talk. A Zoom link will be emailed to you on Sunday, January 16. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day were 20th century Christians who recognized the threats to humanity posed by dominant powers that tilted toward tyranny. They found their own ways to resist and mobilized others to do so as well. Bonhoeffer, for example, a German pastor and theologian during the rise of Hitler, wrote presciently that “Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear … Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more than they are doing now.”

On Monday evening, January 17, 2022 (the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr), Pastor Chris will give a talk highlighting the life and teaching of each of these three Christian luminaries. He will do so as a way to introduce the short and potent recent book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale. The talk intends to inspire us to read On Tyranny this winter and spring and put its principles into action in our day when movements toward a new tyranny are on the rise around the world.

The talk will take place from 7-8:15 p.m. on Zoom. Please pre-register to receive the Zoom link. Books are available through Amazon or the Avid Reader in Downtown Davis.


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