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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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The Call to Blackness in American Christianity

The Call to Blackness in American Christianity

(p.255) Theological Afterword The Call to Blackness in American Christianity
Christians and the Color Line

Darryl Scriven

Oxford University Press

This theological afterword draws from recent scholarship on racialized religion to document the historical development of white evangelicals’ race problem as well as to demonstrate how everyday social actions—while well-meaning and rooted in white evangelicals’ commitment to Jesus and the Bible—subtly and tragically reinforce patterns of discrimination through the persistence of white privilege. This chapter contends that white evangelicals, who purportedly love their neighbors but are saddled with centuries of privilege, can only find resolution by embracing ontological blackness as an act of Christian unity.

Keywords:   white privilege, religious unity, racial discrimination, inequality, theology

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