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The Church Enslaved (Prisms)

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ISBN-13: 978-0800636975
ISBN-10: 080063697X
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About the Author

Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, is a leading Evangelical writer, professor, and minister. Among his most recent titles is Revolution and Renewal: How Churches Are Saving Our Cities (2000).

Michael Battle is Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School and Rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the author of The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu (1999).

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Product Details

  • Series: Prisms
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080063697X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800636975
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Defining and identifying racism is difficult because it has gone underground, so to speak. Instead, the ongoing effects of America’s long history of racism are more likely to be expressed in abstract terms or in covert and subtle ways. What has not changed, however, is that racism is based on the assumption that blacks are inferior and whites are superior. Changes in law and practice have done little to change the negative effects that accompany those beliefs. Rather, when racist practices are made illegal or declared unacceptable in the public arena, such effects become submerged, and thus easier to deny or ignore.”

This is a great quote on page one of the book that I think frames the situation well.

They way they use Scripture in the book bothered me as it seemed to either be glossed over, or not used at all when it would have made sense to show the basis behind some of the propositions he makes. He quotes people that make some pseudo-Christian statements and then say things I think are off-base biblically.

The book is divided into two parts; Part one: An Enslaved Church and Part Two: A Reconciling Church.

I like part one of the book.
In chapter 2 they speak about how the Church has been complicit or outspoken in propagating racism in the past. These examples can allow us to see that even Christians are not above being deceived and conforming to the values of the world around us instead of to the values of Christ.
In chapters 3-5 he gives some good examples of common day racist attitudes and prejudices that are detrimental to healthy race relations between Blacks and Whites in America.
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This book is well written and gives more than an overview of the topic. You are taken through the historical development of the 'black church' and how it is more than the location or the style of the church, it is the historical culture of the people. I would recommend this book to anyone who wonders why "the 11am hour is the most segragated" and wants to move forward.
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Well written. Thought-provoking. But, for a historical and honest look a this topic try "Winning the Race to Unity - Is racial reconciliation really working" by Clarence Shuler. Shuler deals with the falacy appearing in the Campolo subtitle "Racial Reconciliation" arguing that you can only be reconciled to someone with whom you have had a relationship. The real problem in the Church is that we have not gone out of our way to develop relationships cross-culturally, we are trying to rebuild a bridge that never existed.
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