race & religion

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Tue Jun 9 08:08:23 PDT 1998

Hey, here's something that could liven things up - bringing together our recent race & religion threads. When American lefties talk about Christians, the (typically) unspoken assumption is white Christians, espeically of the conservative born again/evangelical sort. But what about black Christians? Aside from racial issues, the social attitudes of most black Christians are indistinguishable from socially conservative white Christians. And what about the role of the church in black political development? There are some who say that a tool intended as one of colonization was turned into a tool of rebellion - e.g. the Christian rhetoric of ML King, etc. But has that been true on balance? Has Christianity been, on balance, a conservatizing force, both ideogologically and sociologically (by helping to create a comprador class of ministers and other worthies)? Adolph Reed has been one of the few to ask these sorts of questions in public - but is this one of those sore spots that should be probed, not avoided?


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