Can "White" People Be Saved? Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission by Love L. Sechrest, Johnny Ramirez-Johnson, and Amos Yong. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2018.
Can “White” People Be Saved? Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission.
Edited by Love Sechrist, Ramirez-Johnson, and Yong (IVP Books, 2018).
From the Publisher's Book Website, Contributions by Willie James Jennings, Andrea Smith, Hak Joon Lee, Akintunde E. Akinade, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell, Andrew T. Draper, Erin Dufault-Hunter, Clifton Clarke, Daniel Jeyaraj, and
Yes, White people can be saved. In God's redemptive plan, that goes without saying. But what about the reality of white normativity? This idea and way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness. Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can "White" People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy. Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.
Categories: History, Theology, Race, Evangelicalism, Africa, East Asia, India, United States and Canada, Christianity, African American, Asian American, Colonialism
Keywords: Discrimination, Ethnicity, Mission, Systemic Injustice, Whiteness,
An Excerpt from Willie James’s Jennings’
paper that gave this work its title: Can “White” People Be Saved? Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission Sechrist, Ramirez-Johnson, Yong, Eds.
Reviews, arranged in reverse chronological order, i.e. most recent first:
J.W. Wartick, Always Have a Reason [blog]. May 2019. https://jwwartick.com/2019/05/06/cwbs/