Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after by J. Russell Hawkins, Phillip Luke Sinitiere

By J. Russell Hawkins, Phillip Luke Sinitiere

Christians and the colour Line analyzes the advanced entanglement of race and faith within the usa. Drawing on old and modern examples of racialized faith, the essays during this quantity ponder the matter of race either in Christian congregations and in American society as a complete.
Belying the thought post-racial the USA has arrived, congregations within the US are displaying an unparalleled measure of curiosity in overcoming the deep racial divisions that exist inside American Protestantism. in a single fresh ballot, for example, approximately 70 percentage of church leaders expressed a robust wish for his or her congregations to turn into racially and culturally various. thus far, truth has eluded this professed wish as fewer than 10 percentage of yank Protestant church buildings have really accomplished multiracial prestige.
Employing leading edge examine from sociology, heritage, philosophy, and spiritual reports, the participants to this quantity use Michael Emerson and Christian Smith's groundbreaking research Divided by means of religion (Oxford, 2000) as their start line to recognize vital old, sociological, and theological causations for racial divisions in Christian groups. jointly, in spite of the fact that, those students additionally provide positive steps that Christians of all races may well take to beat the colour line and bring in a brand new period of cross-racial engagement.

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Finally, it placed local churches, something to which all evangelicals Neoevangelicalism and the Problem of Race in Postwar America 33 belonged, at the center of the maelstrom regarding racial equality, circumventing other discussions. For example, whether the federal government had overstepped its bounds had little if anything to do with whether a church allowed African Americans into membership. ” For a group of people whose whole religious identity revolved around an individual decision to “trust Christ,” this piercing question could not be evaded.

Liss, “Anthropology and Ethnology,” in Dictionary of American History, Vol. , ed. Stanley I. Kutler (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003). 13. ” 30, 32; Smalley, 7; Photo, CL&T, 2, no. 10 (October 1947), 30. ” See, for example, James Hudnut-Beumler, Looking for God in the Suburbs: The Religion of the American Dream and Its Critics, 1945–1965 (Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994), 8–15. 14. E. Finkenbiner, “Anonymous,” and James F. Dew, Letters to the Editor, CL&T 2, no. 12 (December 1947), 6–9; E.

13. , 90–91. 14. , 171–172. This page intentionally left blank SECTION ONE Looking Back – Failures and Successes in Erasing the Color Line This page intentionally left blank 1 Neoevangelicalism and the Problem of Race in Postwar America Miles S. Mullin, II in divided by Faith, a sociological study of racial divisions in late twentieth-century America, Michael Emerson and Christian Smith demonstrate the manner in which evangelicalism unintentionally reinforces these divisions. According to their research, this division is not malicious but occurs because white evangelicals view the problem of race in America individualistically, failing to perceive the systemic and structural challenges to overcoming the racial divide.

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