Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity
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Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity  -     By: Beverly Mitchell

Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity

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Historical theologian Beverly Mitchell probes some of the most egregious assaults on humans in the modern era to divine not only the root of racial and ethnic oppressions but also the unassailable heart of human dignity revealed in that suffering. Mitchell's work looks at the parallel oppressions that were visited upon African Americans in the slave era and upon Jews in the Nazi era. Even apart from the many similarities in their respective plights, Mitchell finds a deeper commonality in the underlying religious and ideological justifications for their oppressions and the underlying, dynamic theological features of each. Even more striking is the strong assertion of their own dignity in the face of such oppression, an assertion on which Mitchell builds hertheological anthropology. She finds important collaborative "lessons regarding what it means to be human in a world in which discrimination, alienation, and maltreatment between human beings are daily companions." We live in an era of rampant violence andwidespread violations of human dignity. Mitchell's work calls us back to the deepest roots of human dignity and the solidarity that maintains it.

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Title: Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity
By: Beverly Mitchell
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0800663306
ISBN-13: 9780800663308
Stock No: WW663308

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Historical theologian Beverly Mitchell probes some of the mostegregious assaults on humans in the modern era to divine not only theroot of racial and ethnic oppressions but also the unassailable heartof human dignity revealed in that suffering. Mitchell's work looks atthe parallel oppressions that were visited upon African Americans inthe slave era and upon Jews in the Nazi era. Even apart from the manysimilarities in their respective plights, Mitchell finds a deepercommonality in the underlying religious and ideological justificationsfor their oppressions and the underlying, dynamic theological featuresof each. Even more striking is the strong assertion of their owndignity in the face of such oppression, an assertion on which Mitchellbuilds her theological anthropology. She finds important collaborative"lessons regarding what it means to be human in a world in whichdiscrimination, alienation, and maltreatment between human beings aredaily companions." We live in an era of rampant violence andwidespread violations of human dignity. Mitchell's work calls us backto the deepest roots of human dignity and the solidarity thatmaintains it.

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Beverly E. Mitchell is Professor of Historical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. A member of the American Baptist Church, she holds her doctorate from Boston College/ANTS. She has been with Wesley Theological Seminary for eight years, specializing in studies of systematic theology, church history, and human rights.

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