Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers
: "How curiously different is this white God from the one preached by Jesus who understood faithfulness by how we treat the hungry and thirsty, the naked and alien, the incarcerated and infirm. This white God of empire may be...
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"How curiously different is this white God from the one preached by Jesus who understood faithfulness by how we treat the hungry and thirsty, the naked and alien, the incarcerated and infirm. This white God of empire may be appropriate for global conquerors who benefit from all that has been stolen and through the labor of all those defined as inferior; but such a deity can never be the God of the conquered."
Echoing James Cone's 1970 assertion that white Christianity is a satanic heresy, Miguel De La Torre argues that whiteness has desecrated the message of Jesus. In a scathing indictment, he describes how white American Christians have aligned themselves with the oppressors who subjugate the "least of these"-those who have been systemically marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status-and, in overwhelming numbers, elected and supported an antichrist as president who has brought the bigotry ingrained in American society out into the open.
With this follow-up to his earlier Burying White Privilege, De La Torre prophetically outlines how we need to decolonize Christianity and reclaim its revolutionary, badass message. Timid white liberalism is not the answer for De La Torre-only another form of complicity. Working from the parable of the sheep and the goats in the Gospel of Matthew, he calls for unapologetic solidarity with the sheep and an unequivocal rejection of the false, idolatrous Christianity of whiteness.
Miguel De La Torre (Ph.D., Temple University)is associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology, a director to the Society of Christian Ethics, and the co-chair of the Ethics Section at the American Academy of Religion. De La Torre is a newspaper and Internet columnist and a respected expert on liberation theologies
he has authored Genesis: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.); Latino/a Social Justice: Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking(Baylor University Press, 2010); The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress, 2010) with Albert Hernandez and A Lily Among the Thorns: Imagining a New Christian Sexuality (Jossey-Bass, 2007)
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- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>1. Lest We Forget<br /> Seeking The Answer<br /> The Least Among Us<br /> Remembering Assumptions<br /> 2. The Day Of Judgement<br /> Complicity With Wolves<br /> Groping Lady Liberty<br /> The Us Mortal Sin<br /> Can We Talk?<br /> 3. Accompanying The Least Of These<br /> Building Hatred<br /> Building Walls And Cages<br /> Building Upon Death<br /> The Colorblind Cure<br /> 4. Revealing Revelations<br /> The Rise Of Antichrists<br /> An Antichrist For Our Times<br /> To Hell With The Jews<br /> Living In The Shadow Of Genocide<br /> 5. Badass Prophets<br /> The South Will Rise Again<br /> Racing Toward A Race War<br /> Mainstreaming White Christian Terrorism<br /> Rejecting White Christianity<br /> Becoming A Badass<br /> Last Gasp Or Renewed Resurgence<br /> A Final Note</p>