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The church’s many failings when it comes to racism can be traced to a warping of Christianity and Christian theology in history, especially including European and North American theologies written during and after the creation of the transatlantic slave trade. This historiographical essay offers both tools to understand the contemporary landscape of anti-racist theology and possibilities to help heal the wounds of the body of Christ. The essay is thus divided into parts. The first part, Understanding, highlights several important historical, sociological, and theological constructions of chattel slavery. Only after gaining understanding can we honestly approach the second part, Possibilities, which analyzes and categorizes a wide range of theological attempts to come to grips with rebarbative aspects of otherwise holy theologians of the past

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • Cultural Encounters is a bi-annual journal publishing articles on a wide range of cultural issues by many of the finest Christian scholars and practitioners of today. Each issue addresses a variety of themes such as religious pluralism, racialization, materialism, poverty, the increased urbanization of the world, the environment, cross-cultural contextualization, sexuality, genetic engineering, post-modernity, public discourse, politics, and more. Cultural Encounters is a publication of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, which is directed by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and is an official program of Multnomah Biblical Seminary/Multnomah University in Portland, OR.
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