Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (Paperback)
  • Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (Paperback)
zoom

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£12.99
Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 06/09/2001
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In recent years, the leaders of the American evangelical movement have brought their characteristic passion to the problem of race, notably in the Promise Keepers movement and in reconciliation theology. But the authors of this provocative new study reveal that despite their good intentions, evangelicals may actually be preserving America's racial chasm. In Divided by Faith, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probe the grassroots of white evangelical America, through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people, along with 200 face-to-face interviews. The results of their research are surprising. Most white evangelicals, they learned, see no systematic discrimination against blacks; indeed, they deny the existence of any ongoing racial problem in the United States. Many of their subjects blamed the continuing talk of racial conflict on the media, unscrupulous black leaders, and the inability of African Americans to forget the past. What lies behind this perception? Evangelicals, Emerson and Smith write, are not so much actively racist as committed to a theological view of the world that makes it difficult for them to see systematic injustice. The evangelical emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates inequality between the races. Most racial problems, they 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, Emerson and Smith throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma. Despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends, the authors conclude that real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195147070
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 203 x 135 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
this is an important text that sheds light on the inner theological and sociological workings of white evangelicals in connection to one of the most pressing issues in the United States ... valuable for its insights into Evangelicalism, religion and race, and religious pluralism. * Anthony B.Pinn, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.8, Issue 3, June 2001 *
"This is an important book. With thoughtful conceptual distinctions and careful analysis of data from a variety of empirical sources, Emerson and Smith provide an interesting account of how white evangelicals perpetuate the very racial divisions they publicly oppose. Divided by Faith breaks new ground in the study of religion and American race relations."-William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Truly Disadvantaged and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide
"Divided by Faith is just that-an account of the deep racial division within American religion. But more than that, it is a penetrating look at the societal and religious-based reasons for this division within the Evangelical Christian sector, and a compassionate plea on the part of the authors for Christians to engage the issue of race and to lead the country in solving this 'American Dilemma.' A thorough and very readable book, to be read by scholars and church members alike."-Wade Clark Roof, J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara
"This path-breaking book is the best study in print on the racial attitudes of white evangelical Protestants. The book's unusual strength comes from its ability to combine a reliable summary of historical circumstances with careful attention to what evangelicals actually say and sensitive use of responsible sociological theory. The arguments of the book are made even more forceful by the willingness of Emerson and Smith to take the evangelicals' own theology seriously, especially where that theology calls into question standard patterns of evangelical racial practice."-Mark A. Noll, Professor of History, Wheaton College

You may also be interested in...

The Popes
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The World Turned Upside Down
Added to basket
The Sign of the Cross
Added to basket
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Added to basket
New Short History of the Catholic Church
Added to basket
The Christians and the Fall of Rome
Added to basket
Christian Beginnings
Added to basket
Whispering Hope
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Alone of All Her Sex
Added to basket
Confessions
Added to basket
£10.00
Hardback
The Orthodox Way
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Common Worship
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.