Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions [NOOK Book]

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Conventional wisdom holds that Christians, as members of a “universal” religion, all believe more or less the same things when it comes to their faith. Yet black and white Christians differ in significant ways, from their frequency of praying or attending services to whether they regularly read the Bible or believe in Heaven or Hell. In this engaging and accessible sociological study of white and black Christian beliefs, Jason E. Shelton and Michael O. Emerson push beyond establishing that there are racial ...
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Overview

Conventional wisdom holds that Christians, as members of a “universal” religion, all believe more or less the same things when it comes to their faith. Yet black and white Christians differ in significant ways, from their frequency of praying or attending services to whether they regularly read the Bible or believe in Heaven or Hell. In this engaging and accessible sociological study of white and black Christian beliefs, Jason E. Shelton and Michael O. Emerson push beyond establishing that there are racial differences in belief and practice among members of American Protestantism to explore why those differences exist. Drawing on the most comprehensive and systematic empirical analysis of African American religious actions and beliefs to date, they delineate five building blocks of black Protestant faith which have emerged from the particular dynamics of American race relations. Shelton and Emerson find that America’s history of racial oppression has had a deep and fundamental effect on the religious beliefs and practices of blacks and whites across America.
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"This book is written in such a way that it is suitable for multiple audiences, with the more complex discussions of multivariate relationships largely available online or upon request. This work can fit well under multiple course offerings, including sociology of religion, culture, and race, as well as religious studies, ethics, theology, ethnic studies, and African-American studies. Undergraduate students will find this work engaging and illuminating. Graduate students in sociology will find this especially useful for its attention to detail, mixed-method approach, and substantive contributions for further hypothesis testing."-Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion,

"Blacks and Whites in Christian America is a major sociological examination of religion and race. Jason Shelton and Michael Emerson carefully document and analyze differences between black and white Americans in how they practice and express their Christian faith. They identify the enduring ways that the tragic American habit of racial oppression and privilege has worked to create a distinctive black sacred cosmos. With excellent national survey data and powerful supplemental interviews, they show the key building blocks and dynamics of the racialized religious experience in America. This book is a must read for anyone serious about understanding the interplay of race, religion, and American character."-Lawrence D. Bobo,W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Social Sciences, Harvard

"This book will prove to be required reading for those that seek to comprehend the nuances in why religion and 'race' have historically created and shaped an outcome that now distinguishes different form of Christianity."-Choice,

"I strongly recommend Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions. This is a rigorous study of race as a source of intragroup differences among Protestants and is a must read for anyone interested in the intersections of race, religion, and inequality in America."-Ryon J. Cobb,Sociology of Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814722787
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 867,327
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Jason E. Shelton is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Shelton’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Du Bois Review, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of African American Studies, and other respected publications.


Michael O. Emerson is professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Du Bois Center for the Advanced Study of Religion and Race. He is author, with Christian Smith, of the award-winning Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Religion and Race ix

1 Why Do African Americans Pray So Often? 1

2 So Rooted a Past: Slavery and African American Protestant Religious Tradition 31

3 The Apostles' Creed: Racial Similarities in Commitments to Core Christian Tenets 48

4 Learning and Burning: Racial Differences in "Academic" versus "Experiential" Models of Christianity 57

5 Religious Convictions: Everyday Faith-Based Actions and Beliefs 86

6 Shaded Morality: Not So Black and White 111

7 Far-Reaching Faith: Evidence of an Inclusive Religious Doctrine 133

8 Reconciling the Race Problem: Identity Politics and the Gulf between Black and White Protestants 168

Epilogue: The Race Problem and Beloved Community 199

Appendix A Sampling Procedures / Sample Characteristics 209

Appendix B Descriptive Tables 215

Appendix C Interview Guides 235

Notes 239

References 253

Index 271

About the Authors 279

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    This is an excellent book. It has scholarly depth yet is written

    This is an excellent book. It has scholarly depth yet is written in a manner that is accessible to the lay person. The authors demonstrate that adherence to the same religious principles and sect can occur for a number of reasons that, for example cross race lines. This book should be widely read and incorporated into scholarly and policy concerns. George Wilson, University of Miami

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Shelton and Emerson¿s "Blacks and Whites in Christian Ameri

    Shelton and Emerson’s "Blacks and Whites in Christian America” takes a significant analytical approach to the understanding the nexus between religion and race in America. The historical significance of how religion was used for the justification of racial oppression and inferiority toward African Americans, while at the same time being reinterpreted to be a source for liberation and freedom remains a fascinating story within American history. As such, there is the continuance of religion as the epicenter for African American culture. Ironically, understanding the racial and cultural differences within Christianity remains as one of those unspoken, untold stories that society just accepts. Similarly to other social institutions, Shelton and Emerson delve into the many reasons of how and why religion remains racialized.

    This book is a must read for those who study, teach, and are generally interested in religion, race, and the interconnectedness between the two.

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