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Divided by Faith : Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Divided by Faith : Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195147070

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2000
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Divided by Faith : Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195147070

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith

ISBN13: 978-0195147070
ISBN10: 0195147073
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

A revealing study of the racial attitudes of white evangelical Americans

Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people and an additional 200 face-to-face interviews, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America. They found that despite recent efforts by the movement's leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination, evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America's racial chasm. In fact, most white evangelicals see no systematic discrimination against blacks. But the authors contend that it is not active racism that prevents evangelicals from recognizing ongoing problems in American society. Instead, it is the evangelical movement's emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships that makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates racial inequality. Most racial problems, the subjects told the authors, can be solved by the repentance and conversion of the sinful individuals at fault. Combining a substantial body of evidence with sophisticated analysis and interpretation, the authors throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma. In the end, they conclude that despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends, real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon.

Author Bio

Emerson, Michael O. : Rice University

Michael O. Emerson is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice University, the author of numerous articles on race relations and religion, and the co-editor of Sociology of Religion: A Reader.


Smith, Christian : University of North Carolina

Christian Smith is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of American Evangelicalism and Christian America? What Evangelicals Really Want. is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice University, the author of numerous articles on race relations and religion, and the co-editor of The Social Aspects of Religion in the US and Beyond. He lives in Houston, Texas. Christian Smith is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of American Evangelicalism and Christian America? What Evangelicals Really Want. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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