Coming Together in the 21st Century is a fascinating set of essays that wrestle with biblical and theological issues around racial diversity and the history of both implicit and explicit euro-christian interpretations of racial, cultural and religious superiority. At one level, the contributors' reading of the biblical text is simply more accurate than traditional interpretations that simply ignore race in favor of a simplistic presumption of euro-western supremacy. Yet at a more important level, this text represents a perspective that is theologically and socially much healthier for both communities of color and for white Christians. --Dr. Tink Tinker (wazhazhe, Osage Nation), Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
Curtiss DeYoung bears the marks of a modern day prophet. He has worked tirelessly to bring the issue of racial reconciliation and racial justice to the attention of the Christian community. In this new edition of Coming Together, DeYoung reminds us that the journey towards a Biblically-based diversity is a difficult one, but one worth traveling. He has pulled together his personal reflections as well as additional essential voices in this dialogue to provide a thoughtful, Biblical, and needed challenge for the church. --Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism and Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary
Curtiss DeYoung is smart. And he's gentle. That's what makes him dangerous. I would call him a prophet, but wouldn't want us to dismiss him that easily. Curtiss DeYoung is an unsung hero of reconciliation, an apologist for liberation, an academic revolutionary, and a pilgrim on the narrow, rugged road that leads to freedom. Read this book... and let it mess with you. And let it move us all a little closer to God and to one another. --Shane Claiborne, author, activist, recovering sinner
About the Author
A professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, DeYoung has served in urban multicultural settings as the president of the Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), executive director of the City Gate Project, and pastor of multiracial congregations. Internationally, DeYoung speaks on the topics of reconciliation and the multiculturalism of the Bible. <I>Coming Together in the 21st Century</I> is his sixth book.