United by Faith The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race

ISBN-10: 0195177525

ISBN-13: 9780195177527

Edition: 2004

Authors: Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, Karen Chai Kim

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In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting--a call that is surprisingly controversial, even in the twenty-first century. In United By Faith, a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that multiracial Christian congregations offer a key to opening the still-locked door between the races in the United States. They note, however, that a belief persists--even in African-American and Latino churches--that racial segregation is an acceptable, even useful practice. The authors examine this question from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives to make their case. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracial congregations in the United States. They cite examples ranging from the abolitionist movement to an astonishing 1897 camp meeting in Alabama that brought together hundreds of whites and blacks literally into the same tent. Here, too, is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor of racial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time. Faith can be the basis for healing, but too often Christian faith has been a field for injury and division. In this important new book, readers will glimpse a way forward, a path toward once again making the church the basis for racial reconciliation in our still-splintered nation.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Divided or United by Faith?
Biblical Antecedents for Multiracial Congregations
A House of Prayer for All the Nations
Congregations in the Early Church
Multiracial Congregations in the United States
Congregations and the Color Line (1600-1940)
The Emergence of Multiracial Congregations (1940-2000)
A Closer Look at Four Multiracial Congregations
Rationales for and Responses to the Racial Segregation of Congregations
Rejecting the White Man's Religion
Separate but Equal
Arguing the Case for Multiracial Congregations
Developing Multiracial Congregations in the Twenty-first Century
The Truth of the Gospel
The Promise and the Challenges of Multiracial Congregations
Epilogue: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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