Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slavehold

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slavehold

by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove


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Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slavehold by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt in the American South as a faithful church-going Christian. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody. The same Christianity that sang "Amazing Grace" also perpetuated racial injustice and white supremacy in the name of Jesus. His Christianity, he discovered, was the religion of the slaveholder. Just as Reconstruction after the Civil War worked to repair a desperately broken society, our compromised Christianity requires a spiritual reconstruction that undoes the injustices of the past. Reconstructing the gospel requires facing the pain of the past and present, from racial blindness to systemic abuses of power. When the gospel is reconstructed, freedom rings for both individuals and society to repair the breach and heal our land.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830845347
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 37,497
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II 1

Part I Slaveholder Religion

1 Christmas on the Plantation 7

2 Immoral Majority 25

3 Racial Blindness 41

4 Living in Skin 57

5 This Is My Body, Broken 73

6 A Gilded Cross in the Public Square 89

Part II The Christianity of Christ

7 The Other Half of History 107

8 Moral Revival 121

9 Having Church 137

10 Healing the Heart 155

Epilogue: A Letter to My Grandfather and My Son 171

Acknowledgments 175

Notes 179

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