Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America / Edition 1

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America / Edition 1

by Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195147073

ISBN-13: 9780195147070

Pub. Date: 09/06/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people and an additional 200 face-to-face interviews, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America. They found that despite recent efforts by the movement's leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination, evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America's

Overview

Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people and an additional 200 face-to-face interviews, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America. They found that despite recent efforts by the movement's leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination, evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America's racial chasm. In fact, most white evangelicals see no systematic discrimination against blacks. But the authors contend that it is not active racism that prevents evangelicals from recognizing ongoing problems in American society. Instead, it is the evangelical movement's emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships that makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates racial inequality. Most racial problems, the subjects told the authors, can be solved by the repentance and conversion of the sinful individuals at fault.
Combining a substantial body of evidence with sophisticated analysis and interpretation, the authors throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma. In the end, they conclude that despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends, real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195147070
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/06/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
614,916
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction Religion and the Racialized Society1
1 Confronting the Black-White Racial Divide5
2 From Separate Pews to Separate Churches Evangelical
Racial Thought and Practice, 1700-196421
3 Becoming Active Contemporary Involvement in the American
Dilemma51
4 Color Blind Evangelicals Speak on the "Race Problem"69
5 Controlling One's Own Destiny Explaining Economic
Inequality Between Blacks and Whites93
6 Let's Be Friends Exploring Solutions to the Race Problem115
7 The Organization of Religion and Internally Similar
Congregations135
8 Structurally Speaking Religion and Racialization153
9 Conclusion169
Appendix A173
Appendix B179
Notes183
Bibliography197
Index209

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