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Is racism a deeply theological problem?
Lecture One
Is racism a deeply theological problem? Finding answers to this fundamental question can offer useful insights into how the Christian story and way of life has been shaped by racial differences between and among members of the congregations. Brown (2018) explained that whilst African American Christians and white evangelicals may be perceived to share a good deal theologically, their social understandings are relatively distinct. On one hand, whilst African-American Christians may be said to possess a politically- and socially-active faith, their white evangelical counterparts tend to place more attention on personal faith and a belief in individualist explanations. Similarly, Wytsma (2017) noted that whilst the racial architecture of Christianity in the western world is evidenced by the strength attached to the principality of whiteness, the spread of Christianity by the early European Christians in the new world appeared to reinforce a distinctive kind of racial faith. In other words, whilst the European Christians played a major role in the spread and expansion of Christianity, the pedagogical imperialism of Christianity did immensely contribute to the rise of contemporary Christianity that is not open to changing, learning, adapting and become new. On the contrary, the Christianity life that emerged in the wake of colonialism and imperialism placed strong emphasis on segregating and/or assimilating peoples into their own distinct version of Christianity, something that has over time formed the basis of racial faith (Husain, 2017).
Therefore, the historical relationship between race and religion must be comprehensively examined with the core intention of gaining a better understanding of the connection between religion and racialization in the modern context. Roberts (2020) pointed out that religion has the greater potential to inspire harmony and mutual understanding amongst people from different cultural backgrounds and with highly unique experiences, and can form a key starting point for mobilizing resources aimed at reducing or averting racism.
Do white and Black Christians differ?

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