Disunity in Christ
Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one," divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. We criticize...
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Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one," divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. We criticize freely those who disagree with us, don't look like us, don't act like us and don't even like what we like. Though we may think we know why this happens, Christena Cleveland says we probably don't. In this eye-opening book, learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions. Learn:
Why I think all my friends are unique but those in other groups are all the same
Why little differences often become big sources of conflict
Why categorizing others is often automatic and helpful but can also have sinister side effects
Why we are so often victims of groupthink and how we can avoid it
Why women think men are judging them more negatively than men actually are, and vice versa
Why choices of language can actually affect unity
With a personal touch and the trained eye of a sociologist, Cleveland brings to bear the latest studies and research on the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others. Learn why Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting. The author provides real insight for ministry leaders who have attempted to build bridges across boundaries. Here are the tools we need to understand how we can overcome the hidden forces that divide us.
Christena Cleveland (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is a social psychologist who teaches at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an award-winning researcher and gifted teacher who brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity. She consults with pastors and organizational leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly at organizations, churches, conferences, universities and schools.
- 1. Right Christian, Wrong Christian
- 2. How Divisions Are Killing Us And Why We Should Care
- 3. Divisions Erected Out Of Thin Air: How Categorizing Distorts How We See Each Other
- 4. Beyond Perceptions: How Categorizing Pollutes Our Interactions With Each Other
- 5. Running For Cover: How The Groups We Form Protect Our Identity And Self-esteem
- 6. Waging Identity Wars: How Bias Boosts Our Self-esteem
- 7. Culture Wars: How Cultural Threat Leads To Hostile Conflict
- 8. Blinded By Culture: How Our Culture Clouds Our Judgment
- 9. Creating Positive Crosscultural Interactions
- 10. The Preeminence Of (identity In) Christ: How Things Can And Should Be