Christians and the Color Line Race and Religion after Divided by Faith

ISBN-10: 0199329508

ISBN-13: 9780199329502

Edition: 2014

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Since Oxford University Press's publication in 2000 of Michael Emerson and Christian Smith's groundbreaking study, Divided by Faith (DBF), research on racialized religion has burgeoned in a variety of disciplines in response to and in conversation with DBF. This conversation has moved outside of sociological circles; historians, theologians, and philosophers have also engaged the central tenets of DBF for the purpose of contextualizing, substantiating, and in some cases, contesting the book's findings. In a poll published in January 2012, nearly 70% of evangelical churches professed a desire to be racially and culturally diverse. Currently, only around 8% of them have achieved this multiracial status. To an unprecedented degree, evangelical churches in the United States are trying to overcome the deep racial divides that persist in their congregations. Not surprisingly, many of these evangelicals have turned to DBF for solutions. The essays in Christians and the Color Line complicate the research findings of Emerson and Smith's study and explore new areas of research that have opened in the years since DBF's publication. The book is split into two sections. The chapters in the first section consider the history of American evangelicalism and race as portrayed in DBF. In the second section the authors pick up where DBF left off, and discuss how American churches could ameliorate the problem of race in their congregations while also identifying problems that can arise from such attempted amelioration.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188

Shayne Lee is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Houston. He is the author of T. D. Jakes  and Holy Mavericks .Phillip Luke Sinitiere holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Houston.

Contributor List
Looking Back - Failures and Successes in Erasing the Color Line
Neoevangelicalism and the Problem of Race in Postwar America
Healing the Mystical Body: Catholic Attempts to Overcome the Racial Divide in Chicago, 1930-1948
"Glimmers of Hope": Progressive Evangelicals and Racism, 1965-2000
"Buttcheek to Buttcheek in the Pew": Interracial Relationalism in a Mennonite Congregation 1957-2010
Still Divided by Faith? Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, 1977-2010
Looking Forward- Possibilities for Overcoming the Color Line
Worshipping to Stay the Same: Avoiding the Local to Maintain Solidarity
Beyond Body Counts: Sex, Individualism, and the Segregated Shape of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism
Color-Conscious Structure-Blind Assimilation: How Asian American Christians Can Unintentionally Maintain the Racial Divide
Knotted Together: Identity and Community in a Multiracial Church
Much Ado About Nothing? Rethinking the Efficacy of Multiracial Churches for Racial Reconciliation
Theological Afterword: The Call to Blackness in American Christianity
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