United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, Karen Chai Kim | | 9780195177527 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race

United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race

by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, Karen Chai Kim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195177525

ISBN-13: 9780195177527

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting--a call that is surprisingly

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In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting--a call that is surprisingly controversial, even in the twenty-first century.
In United By Faith, a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that multiracial Christian congregations offer a key to opening the still-locked door between the races in the United States. They note, however, that a belief persists--even in African-American and Latino churches--that racial segregation is an acceptable, even useful practice. The authors examine this question from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives to make their case. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracial congregations in the United States. They cite examples ranging from the abolitionist movement to an astonishing 1897 camp meeting in Alabama that brought together hundreds of whites and blacks literally into the same tent. Here, too, is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor of racial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time.
Faith can be the basis for healing, but too often Christian faith has been a field for injury and division. In this important new book, readers will glimpse a way forward, a path toward once again making the church the basis for racial reconciliation in our still-splintered nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195177527
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,219,251
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: Divided or United by Faith?1
IBiblical Antecedents for Multiracial Congregations
1.A House of Prayer for All the Nations9
2.Congregations in the Early Church21
IIMultiracial Congregations in the United States
3.Congregations and the Color Line (1600-1940)41
4.The Emergence of Multiracial Congregations (1940-2000)62
5.A Closer Look at Four Multiracial Congregations75
IIIRationales for and Responses to the Racial Segregation of Congregations
6.Rejecting the White Man's Religion99
7.Separate but Equal113
8.Arguing the Case for Multiracial Congregations128
IVDeveloping Multiracial Congregations in the Twenty-first Century
9.The Truth of the Gospel147
10.The Promise and the Challenges of Multiracial Congregations162
Epilogue: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race181
Notes187
Bibliography201
Index213

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