Griffin on 9/11, American Empire, and Christian Faith


We are pleased to share this audio file of David Ray Griffin’s lecture, “9/11 and the American Empire: A Christian Critique,” presented Mar. 25 in Santa Barbara. (download here)

Now Available–Oakland Event Audio

Grand Lake Theater Marquee Announcing the Appearance of David Ray Griffin

Dr. Griffin’s lecture at 7pm, Mar. 30 at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, was web-streamed live by Further details at

March 30, 2006: exclusive: The author of The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray Griffin, made a return last Saturday to his accustomed discipline, theology, addressing “9/11, American Empire, and Christian Faith” in an early-morning lecture to an audience crowding into the Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, CA. The evidence that 9/11 was a false flag attack is very strong, Griffin argued, lamenting that most Americans reject the idea as beyond the pale ? their own government could never do such a thing! ? without examining the facts. In reality, false flag attacks are historically common, frequently used by empires to provide pretexts for war and create the enemy images necessary for rallying a fearful people behind imperial policy. The history of the United States has not been different in this regard, as Griffin makes clear. But those who attain these insights, especially with regard to 9/11, are forced to take action. Griffin therefore asks his fellow “Christians in America” how they should “respond to the realization that we are living in an empire similar to the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus, which put him to death for resistance against it?” hereby grants to all readers of this website permission to link to any and all articles found in the public areas of the website,, so long as the full source URL (, in this case) is posted with the article.


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Dr. David Ray Griffin

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University (1973-2004) and codirector of the Center for Process Studies.

He edited the SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought (1987-2004), which published 31 volumes. He has written extensively on the topic of the 9/11 attacks. He has written more than 30 books, edited 13 books, and authored 250 articles and chapters.

His latest book released July 25, 2019, The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology is available at Amazon.