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What's Faith Got to Do With It?

Kelly Brown Douglas
Whats Faith Got to Do With It?

What's Faith Got to Do With It?

Kelly Brown Douglas

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Beginning as a reflection on the historical sins of Christians - particularly in regard to racist attitudes and behaviour - this book addresses questions of how Christianity can lend itself to racism and other abuses, and how it has been both a bane and a blessing for black people.

- Publisher This book was inspired by a challenge from one of Douglas's students: "How could you, a black woman, possibly be a Christian?" Reflection on the historical sins of Christians, particularly the role of white Christians in countenancing the lynching of African Americans, led her to broader questions: What is it about Christianity that could lend itself to racism and its violent abuses? What is it about Christianity that has allowed it to be both a bane and a blessing for black people? Douglas examines the various "distortions" in early Christianity--particularly the influence of platonic dualism, with its denigration of the body, and the alliance with imperial power. She shows how this later helped support white racism, just as it later fed homophobia and other distortions in the black church. Nevertheless, she ends by sharing an inspiring account of her own Christian faith, and why she is still a Christian.

- Publisher

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About "What's Faith Got to Do With It?"

Beginning as a reflection on the historical sins of Christians - particularly in regard to racist attitudes and behaviour - this book addresses questions of how Christianity can lend itself to racism and other abuses, and how it has been both a bane and a blessing for black people.
- Publisher

This book was inspired by a challenge from one of Douglas's students: "How could you, a black woman, possibly be a Christian?" Reflection on the historical sins of Christians, particularly the role of white Christians in countenancing the lynching of African Americans, led her to broader questions: What is it about Christianity that could lend itself to racism and its violent abuses? What is it about Christianity that has allowed it to be both a bane and a blessing for black people? Douglas examines the various "distortions" in early Christianity--particularly the influence of platonic dualism, with its denigration of the body, and the alliance with imperial power. She shows how this later helped support white racism, just as it later fed homophobia and other distortions in the black church. Nevertheless, she ends by sharing an inspiring account of her own Christian faith, and why she is still a Christian.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Kelly Brown Douglas

Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D. is The Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distguished Professor of Religion at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of "Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective".

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  • Catalogue Code 242932
  • Product Code 1570756090
  • EAN 9781570756092
  • Pages 252
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Power/politics
  • Publisher Orbis
  • Publication Date Jan 2005
  • Dimensions 208 x 139 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.313kg

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