Category: Race

Race and Black Theology Reading List: An Annotated Bibliography

By the Mere O Editors The ongoing evils of police brutality have revealed to a wider (and whiter) audience the structural and systematic prejudices under which blacks live in the USA, and in many other places around the world. White...

/ June 5, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery and “National Conversations”

Under ordinary circumstances, the arrest of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers might have prompted another national conversation on race, which is what we call it when family members who don’t talk in real life argue on Facebook, and invite long-lost high school...

/ May 21, 2020

Thinking Christianly About the Ahmaud Arbery Lynching

Let’s start here. This is what we know about what happened in February in Brunswick GA when Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed according to the New York Times: BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how...

/ May 7, 2020

Lynching Then and Lynching Now: Racial Justice as Christian Imperative

The United States has a long history of racial terror lynchings. Particularly from the Civil War until this day, thousands of Black men, women and children have been indiscriminately killed for a myriad of reasons. When that killing took place...

/ May 7, 2020

The Tribe of Ishmael: Whiteness and Christian Identity

In 1889, an Indianapolis pastor named Oscar McCulloch gave a speech that empowered the development of eugenics in America. McCulloch had studied the Ishmaelites, a poor, white, extended family, and named his speech, “The Tribe of Ishmael: A Study in...

/ March 24, 2020

Suffering Our Forefathers’ Sins: A Latino’s Reflection on White Supremacy

Two Saturdays ago mi esposa and I mourned for those devastated by the El Paso shooting. For us, this hit home. We had lived in the Lone Star State for seven years, our daughter was born there, and we have...

/ August 12, 2019

Post-Liberalism and American Racism

Recently Adam Serwer published a piece in The Atlantic characterizing the current conversation about liberalism amongst American conservatives as essentially being a sustained, intellectualized temper tantrum thrown over their loss of power. Ross Douthat has done the main work in critiquing...

/ June 28, 2019

A Review of Walter Strickland’s “Liberation and Black Theological Method”

By Matthew Emerson Walter R. Strickland II. “Liberation and Black Theological Method: A Historical Analysis.” Ph.D. Diss: University of Aberdeen, 2017. Summary Despite common historical pressures that gave rise to its distinctive tasks and goals, Black Theology is not a...

/ June 4, 2019
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Does the Bible Teach About Race?

By Nathan Cartagena Many Christian denominations and para-church organizations are championing the need for racial reconciliation within the Church. The Presbyterian Church of America, for example, is promoting several initiatives to this end, including a detailed committee-report on race and...

/ October 24, 2018

An Evangelical Response to the ‘Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel’

By Malcolm Foley and Justin Hawkins (originally published on Justin’s blog) We dream neither of a faith devoid of good works nor of a justification that stands without them…Do you wish, then, to attain righteousness in Christ? You must first...

/ September 27, 2018