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Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma Paperback – May 17, 1999
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“Well researched and provocative.” ―The Sun (Baltimore)
“Even those of us who fancy we know something of the history of race relations in America have much to learn from Eric Lincoln . . . Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma is not only informative; it is a powerful antidote to the complacency arising from the significant progress of the last 30 years . . .It's easy to forget, or not to notice, how the nation's unfinished work looks from the black perspective. Lincoln, in offering that perspective, is a passionate, colorful, contentious writer . . . [who] achieves a considerable power and eloquence.” ―The Washington Post
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Nestled within the opening pages of C.Eric Lincoln's book, the above quote let's you know you should strap yourself in for a soul-searching ride. Lincoln covers a lot of ground in this book - he looks at the structure of power in America from the 1600's to the present, the formation of the Black church as a cultural necessity, which was formed by borrowing the only religion offered (though incompletely and bastardized as it was) to Blackamericans (as he refers to them), and how Christianity has become more concerned with preserving Western culture than promoting values of the faith. He also puts forth an admirable argument for preserving affirmative action, and how the struggles of Blackamericans are different from any other minority or ethnic group, and should be treated as such.
Nevertheless,the reason for four stars and not five is that Lincoln seems to say the Black Christian church can't be held responsible for doing anything more in the struggle to change the present imbalance in America - that they are already morally superior to any other religious offering out there.
Guess it's just my problem with Christianity in general...