Reconciliation Bibliography about Multiethnic Diversity

This bibliography by David Swanson lists a good number of helpful books that inform how we go about crossing the bridges of cultures and build real genuine relationships for the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These are 4 that he highly recommends:

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart by Christena Clevland (2013). The author is a social psychologist and each chapter addresses a different “how” related to social divisions. While Clevland remains hopeful about reconciliation, the book’s particular strength is in showing how entrenched and subtle the sources of our divisions are.

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith (2001). A classic which plainly identifies the assumptions inherent to evangelicalism which perpetuate race prejudice and divisions.

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Christian Origins ofRace by Willie James Jennings  (2011). Like Carter (see above), Jennings’ book describes in detail the way heretical theology set the stage for the eventual social construct of race. The book traces this neglected (intentionally forgotten?) history by following the lives of a few different key individuals from around the world.

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson (2009).Much of the Christian literature about reconciliation focuses heavily on sociology or on practical tactics. Without ignoring these, McNeil and Richardson raise high the deeply spiritual nature of reconciliation.

Take a look at the entire reconciliation bibliography covering areas of theology, ministry, essays, articles, and books.

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