A good book is a conversation, engaging other books and ideas in conversation, and setting the stage for future conversations…
This is the first in a series of posts that explore the conversation into which a particular recent book emerges.
(Use the comments below to let us know what you think. Is this approach to a book helpful to you?
ALSO, feel free to suggest other books that are vital to this conversation…)
Watch for our review of this book in our May 2018 magazine issue!
Wading into the Conversation
What is Slaveholder Religion?
- Frederick Douglass on Slaveholder Religion
An appendix to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
- Slavery and the Slaveholder’s Religion: As Opposed to Christianity
by Abolitionist Samuel Brooke (1845)
FREE to read /download from Google Books
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2008)
Wilson-Hartgrove’s memoir of how his understand of race and Christianity was changed.
Introductions to the Racial History of Christianity in America:
Trouble I’ve Seen:
Changing the Way the Church Views Racism
Drew Hart (2016)
Broadening the Conversation
Books by William Barber:
- The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
- Forward Together:
A Moral Message for the Nation
Churches Living into God’s Work of
Healing / Reconciling:
Reconciling All Things:
A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Resources for Reconciliation)
Chris Rice /
Emmanuel Katongole (2008)
Roadmap to Reconciliation:
Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice
Brenda Salter McNeil (2016)
Extending the Conversation
here are some that will take you deeper into its themes)
The Christian Imagination:
Theology and the Origins of Race
Willie Jennings (2010)
A deeper look at the history of modern Christianity and its role in the emergence of racism
Race: A Theological Account
J. Kameron Carter (2008)
Carter traces the pre-history of race back to the earliest days of the church.
The relevance of monastic practices (especially stability) to a new, reconciled way of being church.
Wilson-Hartgrove makes this suggestion in the final pages of Reconstructing the Gospel.
The Wisdom of Stability:
in a Mobile Culture
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2010)
Making a Home
in a Restless World
Scott Russell Sanders (1994)