Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

By | October 30, 2017
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America Author Michael O. Emerson
ISBN-10 0195147073
ISBN-13 9780195147070
Year 0000-00-00
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2 000 people and an additional 200 face to face interviews Michael O Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America They found that despite recent efforts by the movement s leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America s racial chasm In fact most white evangelicals see no systematic discrimination against blacks But the authors contend that it is not active racism that prevents evangelicals from recognizing ongoing problems in American society Instead it is the evangelical movement s emphasis on individualism free will and personal relationships that makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates racial inequality Most racial problems the subjects told the authors can be solved by the repentance and conversion of the sinful individuals at fault Combining a substantial body of evidence with sophisticated analysis and interpretation the authors throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma In the end they conclude that despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon

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