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The Christian Imagination - Theology and the Origins of Race (Paperback): Willie James Jennings

The Christian Imagination - Theology and the Origins of Race (Paperback)

Willie James Jennings

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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 inhabit.


Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2011
First published: May 2011
Authors: Willie James Jennings
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 366
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-17136-5
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Christianity > Christian theology > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies > Multicultural studies > General
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian theology > General
Books > Christianity > Christian theology
LSN: 0-300-17136-6
Barcode: 9780300171365

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