Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

…by Willie James Jennings.

Very excited by this book – just arrived in the post today, and my reconnaissance mission into the book alerts me to the fact that there is so much here for me to ponder. One of the things that has struck me afresh recently: what we biblical scholars say, how we interpret the bible, has potential ramifications for the way people live an relate to one another in both the macro and micro levels. We have responsibilities. For us to say that we are “simply doing history” is, although it contains a vital and important element, also – if it remains locked there – a tragic cop out. Quite a bit can be read online, here.

On a related subject, I am also looking forward to learning much from my colleague, Stephen Backhouse’s book, Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism. Check out the Google preview, here.


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