Divided by Faith Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

ISBN-10: 0195147073

ISBN-13: 9780195147070

Edition: 2001

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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.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Michael O. Emerson is Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. He is author or co-author of several books, including Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, Transcending Racial Barriers, and Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations (NYU Press, 2005).

Preface
Introduction: Religion and the Racialized Society
Confronting the Black-White Racial Divide
From Separate Pews to Separate Churches: Evangelical Racial Thought and Practice, 1700-1964
Becoming Active: Contemporary Involvement in the American Dilemma
Color Blind: Evangelicals Speak on the "Race Problem"
Controlling One's Own Destiny: Explaining Economic Inequality Between Blacks and Whites
Let's Be Friends: Exploring Solutions to the Race Problem
The Organization of Religion and Internally Similar Congregations
Structurally Speaking: Religion and Racialization
Conclusion
Appendices (2)
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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