The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World by Brian Bantum (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2016) (Series: Theology for the People)

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The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World by Brian Bantum (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2016) (Series: Theology for the People)

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The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World by Brian Bantum, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.  182 pages. (Theology for the People series) ISBN-10: 1506408885; ISBN-13: 978-1506408880


Brian Bantum says that race is not merely an intellectual category or a biological fact. Much like the incarnation, it is a "word made flesh," the confluence of various powers that allow some to organize and dominate the lives of others. In this way racism is a deeply theological problem, one that is central to the Christian story and one that plays out daily in the United States and throughout the world.

In The Death of Race, Bantum argues that our attempts to heal racism will not succeed until we address what gives rise to racism in the first place: a fallen understanding of our bodies that sees difference as something to resist, defeat, or subdue. Therefore, he examines the question of race, but through the lens of our bodies and what our bodies mean in the midst of a complicated, racialized world, one that perpetually dehumanizes dark bodies, thereby rendering all of us less than God's intention.

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Brian Bantum

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Fortress Press

Date

2016

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Brian Bantum, “The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World by Brian Bantum (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2016) (Series: Theology for the People),” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed November 11, 2019, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/280.