Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith by J. Russell Hawkins

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

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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 outsideof 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 adesire 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 researchfindings 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 sectionthe 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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J. Russell Hawkins is Assistant Professor of Humanities and History in the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University. His research interests cover the intersection of race, evangelical religion, and politics in modern American history. Phillip Luke Sinitiere is Associate Professor of History at the College of Biblical ...
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Title:Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by FaithFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordContributorsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. "Neoevangelicalism and the Problem of Race in America"2. "Healing the Mystical Body: Catholic Attempts to Overcome the Racial Divide in Chicago, 1930-1960"3. "'Glimmers of Hope': Progressive Evangelical Leaders and Racism, 1965-2000"4. "'Buttcheek to Buttcheek in the Pew': Interracial Relationalism at a Mennonite Congregation, 1957-2010"5. "Still Divided by Faith? Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, 1977-2010"6. "Worshipping to Stay the Same: Avoiding the Local to Maintain Solidarity"7. "Beyond Body Counts: Sex, Individualism, and the Segregated Shape of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism"8. "Color-Conscious Structure-Blind Assimilation: How Asian-Americans can Unintentionally Maintain the Racial Divide"9. "Knotted Together: Identity and Community in a Multiracial Church"10. "Much Ado About Nothing? Rethinking the Efficacy of Multiracial Churches for Racial Reconciliation"Theological Afterword: "The Call to Blackness in American Christianity"