Category: Race

Book Review: Black Fundamentalists by Daniel Bare

Daniel Bare. Black Fundamentalists: Conservative Christianity and Racial Identity in the Segregation Era. New York: New York University Press, 2021. 272 pp, $30. I was born and raised in the Pentecostal church, steeped and simmered in the rhythms of the AOG...

/ August 26, 2021

Racial Reconciliation and the Queen of the Sciences

In the 2013 book Aliens in the Promised Land, editor Anthony Bradley along with a number of other people of color who have served in predominantly white evangelical institutions explain in great detail why, as the subtitle has it, “minority...

/ July 30, 2021

Cultural Assimilation and the Curious Cases of Jessica Krug and Rachel Dolezal

After Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, educator Jane Elliot held an experiment with her elementary school students that she called “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes.” The experiment became famous, and she repeated it for various audiences for years,...

/ June 17, 2021

Betraying Tyndale: Notes Against Propaganda

I think this essay is maybe about my parents, particularly my mother, but it’s also about what they taught me and how that relates to the turmoil currently roiling America’s public life. My mom’s formal education ended with a high-school...

/ June 2, 2021

Racism and Whiteness: Bad Words We Have to Live With

Like anyone who has thought about the problem of race for more than five minutes, I find the topic of language and terminology vexing. Terms like racism, anti-blackness, ethnocentric, antiracist, white supremacy, whiteness, prejudice, (and now quite unfortunately) woke or...

/ May 12, 2021

Critical Theory as Method, Metanarrative, and Mood

In a recent article in First Things, “Evangelicals and Race Theory,” Carl Trueman enters into an increasingly contentious intramural debate amongst American evangelicals about the place of Critical Race Theory (and Critical Theory more broadly) in the life of the...

/ May 3, 2021

Book Review: Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley

“It is precisely because the Christian faith is the recognition of a work of God—a work that began in the dawn of time and continues in this era—that its essence is a fruit of the ages, while its form is...

/ March 9, 2021

Book Review: White Too Long by Robert P. Jones

It is no secret (and impossible, frankly, to say otherwise) that American Christianity has broadly taken the shape that it has because of race. This is not a monocausal argument for American church history which would undermine other factors such...

/ September 16, 2020

Book Review: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Racial injustice has become an unavoidable topic for American Christianity. It challenges all levels of relational unity, from large ecclesial networks to personal friendships. When relational unity is challenged and fractured, we naturally search for the source of the problem,...

/ August 25, 2020

Keeping Vaclav Benda’s Door Open

I don’t think there’s anyone better to explain to Rod Dreher where he went wrong in his recent posts about the death of George Floyd than Rod Dreher. When I wrote to him (Update #8 in that linked post), I...

/ August 13, 2020