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Christians and the Color LineRace and Religion after Divided by Faith$
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J. Russell Hawkins and Philip Luke Sinitiere

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329502.001.0001

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“Glimmers of Hope”: Progressive Evangelicals and Racism, 1965–2000

“Glimmers of Hope”: Progressive Evangelicals and Racism, 1965–2000

(p.72) 3 “Glimmers of Hope”: Progressive Evangelicals and Racism, 1965–2000
Christians and the Color Line

Brantley W. Gasaway

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Although in the twentieth century the vast majority of evangelicals held to individualistic explanations for racial inequality and offered gradualist, if not simplistic, ideas for correcting racial ills, this chapter demonstrates that a minority group of progressive white evangelicals saw the problem of race as equally being tied to structural issues as it was to personal prejudices. Progressive evangelicals possessed a broader, structural conception of racial sin that was due in part to personal experiences they had with African Americans, thereby providing a base to offer a structural critique of the problem of race that moved beyond the individualistic notion of their conservative white coreligionists.

Keywords:   progressive evangelicals, racial justice, sojourners, print culture, twentieth century

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