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United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race Paperback – September 23, 2004
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"Groundbreaking in establishing the moral and ethical basis for multiracial churches. It is truly prophetic in asserting that to be the church of Jesus Christ, the American church needs a multiracial movement." --Religious Studies Review
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Difficulties relate to taking Christian support for desegration as the exegetical key to the authors' historical and biblical understanding, a naive hermeneutic between New Testament past and contemporary present, a somewhat populist and slightly moralistic tone, and an inability to come to terms with the size of the multicultural issue. In addition some overaching difficulties derive from the authors' apparent assumption that the congregation is the fundamental unit of church, the one in which the cultural diversity of the church always needs to be represented. A wider view of what constitutes church and a less simplistic linkage between past and present would have greatly improved the quality and application of their research.
The North American historical experience at the heart of the their concern is, however tragic, neither universal in the problems it created nor of global relevance in the solutions it has tried. The reading of history through the lens of this experience has not only affected the reading of biblical and historical sources, it has also led to a new paradigm of what the authors believe to be a Christian imperative. How quickly we have moved from justification of "homogeneous unit principles" to the equally inadequate idea that all congregations must be multiracial!Read more ›
The book's outline of the problem, its biblical exposition, and its narratives of possibility lay a strong foundational argument for greater, wider reflection from Christians in North America, and elsewhere for that matter. Further consideration of diverse forms of congregational tradition and cultural context could enhance a continuing discussion, but the authors have already succeeded in their inspiring call for a greater engagement and faithfulness by the Church. This book should be read and discussed in real-life congregations.
Cons: In one section, there is a heavier leaning to discussion about the Church of God’s history in multicultural churches (one of the writers is a member of this denomination) than other denominations. They allow “congregations” to include very liberal Protestant denominations and Roman Catholicism, both of which would not be considered orthodox at all. There is a heavy leaning toward pragmatic means to establish churches that are multicultural, and whites come off generally as demeaned as the bad guy, which seems to be the norm with this topic and which can actually lead to further division in doing so. It mentions a white, black, Asian, Latino style, etc….The book stops short in defining what the different “styles” actually are for varying racial groups. It leans heavily toward cultures being based primarily on skin color, which to me is not entirely accurate. As with a lot of the more pragmatic thinkers in this area, it sells itself short by thinking that a congregation is unified based on its elevation of mixed cultural practices in worship and percentages of different races…rather than by correct doctrine and practice of it.
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Book was in great condition... It's an easy read. It was for a class so had to buy the book.Published 21 months ago by Vev
The four co-authors examine the history of the various Christian church congregational models. They document why they think that the interracial congregation is the best... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by James Hoisington