Brian Bantum says that race is not merely an intellectual category or a biological fact. Much like the incarnation, it is a "word made flesh," the confluence of various powers that allow some to organize and dominate the lives of others. In this way racism is a deeply theological problem, one that is central to the Christian story and one that plays out daily in the United States and throughout the world. In The Death of Race, Bantum argues that our attempts to heal racism will not succeed until we address what gives rise to racism in the first place: a fallen understanding of our bodies that sees difference as something to resist, defeat, or subdue. Therefore, he examines the question of race, but through the lens of our bodies and what our bodies mean in the midst of a complicated, racialized world, one that perpetually dehumanizes dark bodies, thereby rendering all of us less than God's intention.
|Publisher:||Augsburg Fortress, Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
1 Race Is a Story Written on My Body 1
2 Bodies Matter 21
3 Naked and Ashamed 45
4 This Is My Body, Born for You 71
5 Jesus Walks 87
6 Jesus Makes Us Free to Become Like Mary 115
7 Race Must Die 137
8 There Is Life in the Tomb 155
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brian Bantum has written a fine book. It's not what one would expect in a theology book. But there is much really good theology the illuminates not only the death of race (a term with more than one connotation) but the ways in which all "other" bodies are defined.