No Flesh Shall Glory: How the Bible Destroys the Foundations of Racism
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No Flesh Shall Glory: How the Bible Destroys the Foundations of Racism  -     By: C. Herbert Oliver

No Flesh Shall Glory: How the Bible Destroys the Foundations of Racism

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C.Herbert Oliver, a Black civil rights leader from Birmingham, Alabama spent thirteen years rethinking the racial ideologies of his day before writing No Flesh Shall Glory in the late 1950s. In clear, biblical, and un inching language, he dismantles the dogmas of race superiority, the doctrine of racial solidarity, and the whitewashing of history and Scripture. His book is a gracious challenge to break free from oppressive ways of thinking and to see humanity as God sees us.

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Title: No Flesh Shall Glory: How the Bible Destroys the Foundations of Racism
By: C. Herbert Oliver
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 6 ounces
ISBN: 1629959014
ISBN-13: 9781629959016
Stock No: WW959015

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C. Herbert Oliver, a Black civil rights leader from Birmingham, Alabama, and a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, spent thirteen years rethinking the racial ideologies of his day before writing No Flesh Shall Glory in the late 1950s. In clear, biblical, and unflinching language, he dismantles the dogmas of race superiority, the doctrine of racial solidarity, and the whitewashing of history and Scripture. More than that, however, he returns to the Bible’s powerful and freeing conception of humanity. “[It is my intention] to curtail all types of racism by destroying the ground on which they stand and by pointing men to nobler ends.” His book is a gracious challenge to Christians then and now—an invitation to break free from oppressive ways of thinking and to see humanity as God sees us. This reprinting also includes Rev. Oliver’s lectures on the church, social change, identity, and protest, delivered at Westminster Theological Seminary in 1964.

Author Bio

C. Herbert Oliver (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) was a civil rights activist and pastor. Along with other local ministers in Birmingham, Alabama, he founded the Inter-Citizens Committee in 1960, and as the Committees executive secretary, he documented over a hundred civil rights violations until 1965. He served as pastor of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Ludlow-Smyrna and Houlton in Maine before moving to Brooklyn, New York, where he was pastor of Westminster Bethany Presbyterian Church from 1967 to 1992.

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When this biblically-based, theologically-informed, anti-racist book was first published, it was ahead of its time. Written by Herbert C. Oliver—a principled pastor who was educated at Wheaton College and Westminster Theological Seminary—No Flesh Shall Glory makes a clear biblical case for the beauty of kingdom diversity and the absolute unity of the human race created in the image of God. As an outspoken critic of policy brutality in Bull Connor’s Birmingham and an advocate for just public education in Brooklyn, New York, Oliver has lived by these principles ever since. Both the man and this book are anti-racist for the simple reason that racism is anti-Christian. -- Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College

C. Herbert Oliver’s book, No Flesh Shall Glory, is still as riveting and relevant today as when it was first published (1959). Writing with theological precision, Oliver delivers a passionate plea for Christians to embrace the biblical doctrines of race that align with both God’s character and His plan for the church. Specifically, he connects the wisdom of God in creating diverse ethnicities to the power of God in unifying all peoples in one family. This good news is as timeless as it is timely! -- Doug Logan Jr., President, Grimk√© Seminary; Associate Director, Acts 29 Global Network; Author, On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement

C. Herbert Oliver’s classic study is well entitled, “No Flesh Shall Glory”. It is perhaps needed more now than when it first appeared in 1959. Oliver leads readers to Scripture demonstrating that prevailing concepts of race and practices of segregation are deeply inconsistent with God’s creation of all mankind in His image. “No Flesh Shall Glory” is a biblical antidote to contemporary critical race theories that foment racial tensions and diminish commitment to the Lordship of Christ and the reconciling power of His kingdom. I am grateful that Oliver’s prophetic ministry speaks again in these troubled times. -- Peter A. Lillback, President, Westminster Theological Seminary

Reflecting on the difference between the changes in the law during the Civil Rights Era and the rigidity of the church, Rev. C. Herbert Oliver bemoaned, “Christians seem to learn more slowly than the children of darkness, for the world seems to be leading the way in the battle against the dogmas of racism.” For Rev. Oliver, remaining separate and segregated in the church is anti-Christian. In No Flesh Shall Glory, he calls us to embrace the truth that our God is a God of variety, and to rejoice in the limitless display of God’s creative genius in that variety. “If God loves variety, it is perverse for men to hate it,” he writes. I am grateful to P&R Publishing for bringing this book and this man of God before a new generation. What he writes here is not just a blessing and benefit for a time gone by, but it is needful for us today. This work is part of the necessary antidote to our ongoing fractures and polarization within the body of Christ. He points us to the heart of God for humanity. -- Irwyn L. Ince, Director, GraceDC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission; Author, The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best

What a privilege to sit under the teaching of this civil rights icon through the pages of No Flesh Shall Glory. With the heart of a pastor and the careful exegesis of a scholar, Pastor Oliver pushes against historic presuppositions for interpreting race and offers sound Scriptural argument, exposing the heart of God and inviting the reader to see with new eyes.  This will be the resource on race and culture you will return to over and over again.  I can’t recommend this book enough! -- Vanessa K. Hawkins, Director of Women's Ministry, First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia; Diversity Advisor, PCA Women's Ministry

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