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|Title: Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility|
By: George Yancey
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW833765
Christians have struggled with racial issues for centuries, and often inadvertently contribute to the problem. Many proposed solutions have been helpful, but these only take us so far. Adding to this complex situation is the reality that Christians of different races see the issues differently. Sociologist George Yancey surveys a range of approaches to racial healing that Christians have used and offers a new model for moving forward. The first part of the book analyzes four secular models regarding race used by Christians (colorblindness, Anglo-conformity, multiculturalism and white responsibility) and shows how each has its own advantages and limitations. Part two offers a new "mutual responsibility" model, which acknowledges that both majority and minority cultures have their own challenges, tendencies, and sins to repent of, and that people of different races approach racial reconciliation and justice in differing but complementary ways. Yancey's vision offers hope that people of all races can walk together on a shared path--not as adversaries, but as partners.
George Yancey (Ph.D., University of Texas) is associate professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, specializing in race/ethnicity and biracial families. He is the coauthor of United by Faith, coeditor of Just Don't Marry One, and the author of Beyond Black and White and One Body, One Spirit. He is the founder of Reconciliation Consulting, helping churches and ministries develop and sustain a multiracial emphasis.
. . . This book is useful not only for casual readers who wish to develop a broader perspective on the issue of racism but also for seminary courses on race relations.-- Missiology, July 2007
If pastors and lay leaders were to read this book and humbly take its principles to heart, we could see a change in race relations in this country, and our churches could be a multiracial witness to the world of reconciliation, healing and grace.-- Greg Bowman, Baptist Standard, February 5, 2007
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