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Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in AmericaDivided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
Michael Emerson, Christian Smith
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Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people and an additional 200 face-to-face interviews, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America. They found that despite recent efforts by the movement's leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination, evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America's racial chasm. In fact, most white evangelicals see no systematic discrimination against blacks. But the authors contend that it is not active racism that prevents evangelicals from recognizing ongoing problems in American society. Instead, it is the evangelical movement's emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships that makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates racial inequality. Most racial problems, the subjects told the authors, can be solved by the repentance and conversion of the sinful individuals at fault. Combining a substantial body of evidence with sophisticated analysis and interpretation, the authors throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma. In the end, they conclude that despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends, real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon.
     

 
Ending Racism in the ChurchEnding Racism in the Church
Susan Davies
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"From the Publisher:" Presents case studies of churches or community agencies working to end racism, and includes discussions from diverse scholars and practioners who describe the subtle ways in which racism undermines the gospel's thrust.
     

 
On Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African-American Christian ExperienceOn Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African-American Christian Experience
Anthony J. Carter
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How can an African-American consciousness and Reformed theology benefit each other? Where was God in the Atlantic Slave Trade? How does Christianity triumph among people historically oppressed in part by the church itself?

Positive, informed responces to such questions, thereby enriching our understanding and furthering racial reconciliation. Softcover, 153 pages. P&R Publishing.
     


 
Shattering the Myth of Race: Genetic Realities and  Biblical TruthsShattering the Myth of Race: Genetic Realities and Biblical Truths
Dave Unander
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Does "race" really matter? Seeking to establish that human beings are overwhelmingly similar when it comes to genetic makeup, Unander, an honored geneticist, argues that the term "race" implies greater differences among groups of human beings than is supposed by the genetic evidence. By debunking the premise of The Bell Curve and exploring the history of how science has been abused to justify racism, this astonishing new book weaves together science and history to offer foundations for biblical and thological perspectives on questions of "race."
     

 
Beyond Greens and Cornbread: Reflections on African American ChristiansBeyond Greens and Cornbread: Reflections on African American Christians
Diane Givens Moffett
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In African American preaching, storytelling, and singing-from the spirituals to the blues-poetic images, metaphors, and symbols take center stage, making the journey of African American Christians come alive in their own minds and in the minds of others. In a voice of prophetic inspiration, Beyond Greens and Cornbread joins that traditional chorus of poetry, sermon, and song to communicate the messages of African American hopes and dreams, virtues and vices, aspirations and inspirations, calling Christians of every race and ethnicity to move beyond our past challenges and even beyond our present traditions into a vision of hope and expectancy for the future.
     

 

 

 

 

 
Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in AmericaMelungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America
N. Brent Kennedy, Robyn Vaughan Kennedy
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As early as 1654, English and French explorers in the southern Appalachians reported seeing dark-skinned, brown and blue eyed, and European featured people speaking broken Elizabethan English, living in cabins, tilling the land, smelting silver, practicing Christianity, and, most perplexing of all claiming to be "Portyghee". Declared "free persons of color" in the late 1700s by the English and Scotch-Irish immigrants, the Melungeons, as they were known, were driven off their lands and denied voting rights, education and the right to judicial process. The law was enforced mercilessly and sometimes violently in the resoundingly successful effort to disenfranchise these earliest American settlers.
     

 

 
A Stronger KinshipA Stronger Kinship
Anna-Lisa Cox

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The inspiring, true story of an extraordinary nineteenth-century community where blacks and whites lived as equals.

A hundred and fifty years ago in the heartland of the United States, amid a roiling sea of racism and hatred, a community decided that there could be a different America. In this place, schools and churches were completely integrated, blacks and whites intermarried, and power and wealth were shared by both races. In order for this to happen, the citizens of this place had to keep secrets, to break the laws of the world outside, to sweep aside fear and embrace hope.

Fittingly, the name of the town was Covert.

Now, in an astounding historical detective feat, Anna-Lisa Cox uncovers the saga of this place that took the road untaken. Starting in the 1860s, and for decades later, the people of Covert, Michigan, attempted to do what then seemed impossible: love one's neighbor-regardless of skin color-like oneself.

Drawing upon private diaries, overlooked documents, oral histories, and contemporary records, Cox vividly gives us intimate glimpses of the people who lived there, from William Conner, the Civil War veteran who went on to become Michigan's first black justice of the peace, to Elizabeth Gillard, who survived a shipwreck that left her and her family washed onto Covert's shores, only to come to love the unusual community she came to call home.
     

 
All God's Children: A Biblical Critique of RacismAll God's Children: A Biblical Critique of Racism
Steven L. McKenzie
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Racism is as contemporary a problem as the church burnings on the nightly television news, but it is not a new problem. A century ago, many people used the Bible to defend racist beliefs and practices. Now, Steven McKenzie insists that the Bible's true message leads Christians away from the evils of racism and narrowness of bigotry to God's vision of humanity, free from racial division.
     

 
To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner CityTo Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City
Mark R. Gornik
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(PUBEerdmans)Because of racism, poverty, crime, corruption, and other reasons, our inner cities continue to decay. Here's the hope-filled, compelling story of Baltimore's New Song Community Church and the innovative gospel strategies it has developed to help overcome social blight. 280 pages, softcover.
     

 
Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic WorldBeing White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World
Paula Harris, Doug Schaupp
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In this groundbreaking book, Paula Harris and Doug Schaupp present a Christian model of what it means to be white. They wrestle through the history of how those in the majority have oppressed minority cultures, but they also show that whites have their own cultural and ethnic identity with its own distinctive traits and contributions. They demonstrate that white people have a key role to play in the work of racial reconciliation and the forging of a more just society. Filled with real-life stories, life-transforming insights and practical guidance, this book is for any white person who is aware or racial inequality but has wondered, So what do I do? Discover here a vision for just communities where whites can partner with and empower those of other ethnicities.
     

 
Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial ReconciliationEnter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation
Jody Shearer

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Shearer explores definitions of prejudice and racism, the different effects of racism on white persons and people of color, affirmative action, and many other issues. The accessible presentation provides a strong foundation for study and action.
     

 
More Than Equals: Racial HealingMore Than Equals: Racial Healing
Spencer Perkins, Chris Rice
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(PUBInterVarsity)''Racial division and the church's silent complicity reveals a 'disabled gospel,'---strong enough to save but too weak to reconcile. The authors contend we can bridge racial barriers by building Christian relationships across them,''---Christian Century. 244 pages, softcover.
     

 

 

 

 
Deliver Us From Evil: Resisting Racial and Gender  OppressionDeliver Us From Evil: Resisting Racial and Gender Oppression
James Newton Poling
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Comprehend and confront the devastation of societal evil. From a slave woman in 19th-century America to a female patient of Freud, Poling explores the history of resistance to racial and gender oppression. Identifying Jesus as a model for the marginalized, he calls for prophetic acts of solidarity toward healing and justice. 220 pages, softcover from Augsburg/Fortress.
     

 
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Survey: 16 Percent
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According to a recent national survey, 16 percent of U.S. science teachers are creationists, the Christian Post reports. The study, conducted by faculty at Pennsylvania State University, found that creationism continues to be taught in many classrooms despite judicial blocks. A majority of the almost 1,000 teachers surveyed said that they spent at least three to 10 hours of class time covering evolution, while a quarter of those surveyed said they also taught creationism and intelligent design - about half of whom said they believed these to be "valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species." Four states have passed "Academic Freedom" bills protecting teachers' and students'rights to challenge Darwinism without fear of backlash.

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