Event Recap

Dr. David Lloyd Dusenbury on the Political Life of Jesus

January 30, 2023

A lecture at Common Sense Society–Hungary

On Thursday, January 26, Common Sense Society–Hungary (CSS–HU) hosted members and special guests at the Andrássy Salon for a lecture by acclaimed philosopher and historian of ideas, Dr. David Lloyd Dusenbury on his recent book, I Judge No One: A Political Life of Jesus.

We often hear that Jesus was a revolutionary and a political radical of his age. But do the Gospels and their interpretation actually support such a political framing of his life? How can the highly political death of this deeply spiritual figure be explained? What does it mean that Jesus was a strange figure? Why was Jesus, who said “I judge no one,” put to death for a political crime? Was the death of Jesus, who challenged the terrain of human power, political in essence?

In his lecture, Dr. Dusenbury gave a modern philosophical account of the political life of Jesus based on the earliest narratives of his life, the Gospels, and their later interpretations. With a thorough analysis, Dr. Duesnbury’s lecture showed the pivotal importance and the seriousness of revisiting the foundational texts of Christianity in order to reflect on the human condition and on some of the axioms of Western political thought in the present.

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