Bias and the Pious: The Relationship Between Prejudice and Religion

Bias and the Pious: The Relationship Between Prejudice and Religion

by James E. Dittes
     
 

The persistence of racial bias in churches and among church people is sometimes greeted with an embarrassed hush by Christians—and brutally advertised by critics of the church. This book deals with that unfortunate reality clearly and firmly. It offers a careful but unflinching analysis of the damage that prejudice inflicts on blacks and whites alike. And,

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Overview

The persistence of racial bias in churches and among church people is sometimes greeted with an embarrassed hush by Christians—and brutally advertised by critics of the church. This book deals with that unfortunate reality clearly and firmly. It offers a careful but unflinching analysis of the damage that prejudice inflicts on blacks and whites alike. And, more than this, it makes prejudice understandable by explaining how people come to need the protective barriers that their prejudice provides them.

The author, himself a committed Christian, is not embarrassed about finding racial bias within the church. He reminds us that the church is for sinners—not saints. Those whose insecurity motivates them to erect the fences of prejudice between themselves and other Christians may find, in the gospel message, the positive reinforcement that can undo that prejudice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592442782
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.38(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Dittes is Professor of the Psychology of Religion at Yale University, President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the author of numerous books and articles. He brings to his discussion a comprehensive review of research findings, incisive psychological analysis, and sensitive theological insight.

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