Winner of the 2015 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion and of
the 2011 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence,
Constructive-Reflective Study "[A] theological masterpiece."--Chris
Smith, Englewood Review of Books A ground-breaking account of the
potential and failures of Christianity since the colonialist period
Why has Christianity, a religion premised upon neighborly love,
failed in its attempts to heal social divisions? In this ambitious
and wide-ranging work, Willie James Jennings delves deep into the
late medieval soil in which the modern Christian imagination grew,
to reveal how Christianity's highly refined process of
socialization has inadvertently created and maintained segregated
societies. A probing study of the cultural fragmentation-social,
spatial, and racial-that took root in the Western mind, this book
shows how Christianity has consistently forged Christian nations
rather than encouraging genuine communion between disparate groups
and individuals. Weaving together the stories of Zurara, the royal
chronicler of Prince Henry, the Jesuit theologian Jose de Acosta,
the famed Anglican Bishop John William Colenso, and the former
slave writer Olaudah Equiano, Jennings narrates a tale of loss,
forgetfulness, and missed opportunities for the transformation of
Christian communities. Touching on issues of slavery, geography,
Native American history, Jewish-Christian relations, literacy, and
translation, he brilliantly exposes how the loss of land and the
supersessionist ideas behind the Christian missionary movement are
both deeply implicated in the invention of race. Using his bold,
creative, and courageous critique to imagine a truly cosmopolitan
citizenship that transcends geopolitical, nationalist, ethnic, and
racial boundaries, Jennings charts, with great vision, new ways of
imagining ourselves, our communities, and the landscapes we
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