America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. "It's time we right this unacceptable wrong," says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week. In America's Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians--particularly white Christians--urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. Whenever divided cultures and gridlocked power structures fail to end systemic sin, faith communities can help lead the way to grassroots change. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America.
Shirin Ebadi, die erste muslimische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin, wurde wegen ihres Engagements für Menschenrechte in ihrem Heimatland jahrelang von der iranischen Regierung bedroht und schikaniert – und verlor dabei alles: ihren Ehemann, ihr Zuhause, ihre Freunde, ihr Hab und Gut. Nur eines konnte man der Menschenrechtsaktivistin nicht nehmen: den Glauben an eine bessere Zukunft und den Willen, für ihre Überzeugungen zu kämpfen. Nun erzählt sie auf bewegende und erschütternde Weise von ihrem unablässigen Kampf für Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit, den sie trotz aller Widrigkeiten auch im Exil unerschrocken fortführt. Nach dem großen Erfolg von »Mein Iran« ist dies der zweite Teil ihrer beeindruckenden Geschichte.
Das Entsetzen ist groß, sobald Populisten nach religiösem Rückhalt suchen und sich dafür christliche Legitimationen zu Nutze machen. Aus guten Gründen werden extremistische politische Programme und die menschenfreundlichen Werte des Christentums als unversöhnliche Gegensätze gesehen. Um aber nicht auf einem Auge blind zu sein, sollten Christen ihre eigene komplizierte Geschichte mit dem Populismus anschauen. Denn ihr Denken ist nicht frei von Tendenzen, die in einer Außenperspektive als „populistisch“ oder fundamentalistisch bezeichnet werden können. Autoritätsfixiertheit, Pluralismusfeindlichkeit, Xenophobie, Kritik an Eliten, usw. sind ständige Begleiter von Volksreligion. Dieses von Walter Lesch herausgegebene Buch verfolgt ein doppeltes Ziel: Die Beiträge haben die Absicht, die klare Positionierung gegenüber dem Populismus mit Argumenten zu untermauern und die Chance zu nutzen, einen selbstkritischen Blick auf „unheilige Allianzen“ zwischen Populismus und Religion zuwerfen. Dies geschieht in der festen Überzeugung, dass nur der glaubwürdig gegen den Populismus auftreten kann, der vor der eigenen Haustür gekehrt und seine Altlasten entsorgt hat. Denn gerade Religionen sind nicht immun gegen populistische Muster der Sicht auf Politik und Gesellschaft. Wer sich dieser irritierenden Berührungspunkte bewusst ist, gewinnt an Glaubwürdigkeit und entdeckt neue Perspektiven der Weiterentwicklung seiner Überzeugungen. Unverzichtbar für alle politisch wachen Christen und aufmerksamen Beobachter der Religion. „Im Rahmen der aktuellen Kontroversen fällt auf, wie die christlichen Kirchen mit oft unmissverständlicher Schärfe gegen populistische Stimmungsmache und für ein Projekt aufgeklärter und toleranter Demokratie Partei ergriffen haben. Dieser Elan ist nachdrücklich zu begrüßen und soll auf keinen Fall gebremst werden.“ (Walter Lesch) Mit Beiträgen von: Regina Ammicht-Quinn, Christoph Baumgartner, Michelle Becka, Daniel Bogner, Hille Haker, Marianne Heimbach-Steins, Michael Hoelzl, Gerhard Kruip, Walter Lesch, Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl, Christof Mandry, Wolfgang Palaver, Hans Schelkshorn und Christian Staffa
Author: Kenneth B. Bedell
Release Date: 2017-08-31
Genre: Social Science
This book explains why America can realize the civil rights dream in the 21st century—if U.S. citizens take actions as individuals as well as work together for equality. • Asks—and answers—the troubling question: Why have the civil rights hopes of the 1960s not yet been realized? • Demonstrates the relationship between what happens in everyday life and racism's persistence • Provides insightful historical context for racism as it exists the 21st century • Presents a framework for understanding how social forces preserve racism • Offers a refreshingly optimistic perspective that racism can be overcome
Author: Ronald A. Wells
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2017-09-11
California matters, both as a place and as an idea. What famed historian Kevin Starr has called “the California Dream” is a vital part of American self-understanding. Just as America was meant to be a place of renewal, even redemption, for Europe, so too California was intended as a place of renewal for America. Therefore, California—place and idea—provides a fertile ground for scholars to think deeply about what it means to articulate “the promise of American life.” This book follows in the train of George Marsden’s classic The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship—believing that people of faith have a contribution to make to scholarship—and of Jay Green’s more recent book, Christian Historiography: Five Rival Views—believing that scholars of faith should engage in moral inquiry. In this book, eight authors inquire into the moral questions that emerge from studying California.
Author: Fletcher Hill, Jeannine
Publisher: Orbis Books
Release Date: 2017-08-17
Hill-Fletcher shows that the Christian habit of seeing themselves as the "chosen ones" has often been translated into racial categories as well. In other words, Christian supremacy has historically lent itself to white supremacy, with disastrous consequences. Hill Fletcher proposes educational strategies to disentangle the two that will help us move forward toward racial healing in America.
Author: Robert P. Jones
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-07-04
Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, spells out the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality—that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. “Quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year” (The New York Times Book Review). For most of our nation’s history, White Christian America (WCA) set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation. Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of WCA. Robert P. Jones argues that the visceral nature of today’s most heated issues—the vociferous arguments around same-sex marriage and religious and sexual liberty, the rise of the Tea Party following the election of our first black president, and stark disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system—can only be understood against the backdrop of white Christians’ anxieties as America’s racial and religious topography shifts around them. Beyond 2016, the descendants of WCA will lack the political power they once had to set the terms of the nation’s debate over values and morals and to determine election outcomes. Looking ahead, Jones forecasts the ways that they might adjust to find their place in the new America—and the consequences for us all if they don’t. “Jones’s analysis is an insightful combination of history, sociology, religious studies, and political science….This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers across the political spectrum” (Library Journal).
Author: Hampton-Garland, Pamela
Publisher: IGI Global
Release Date: 2017-11-03
Genre: Political Science
America has the reputation of being one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, yet within its borders social problems persist and negatively impact Americans. Though profound changes are taking place in the social, economic, and cultural contexts of America, they are precipitated by the urge for equal opportunity and social justice. Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities provides emerging research on the most current issues facing the American public and political system. While highlighting the changes America is making in the social, economic, and cultural regions of society, readers will learn how these changes are coming to shape their lives in the country. This book is an important resource for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals seeking current research on how social, economic, and educational issues impact the American political system and policies.
13-jährige Kinder, die Jahre in Isolationshaft verbringen müssen, willkürliche Verhaftungen und rassistische Vorurteile durch Polizei und Justiz oder Menschen mit psychischen Erkrankungen, die im Gefängnis jahrzehntelang vegetieren: Diese Geschichten sind Alltag in den USA. Der charismatische Jurist Bryan Stevenson, der den allgegenwärtigen Rassismus auch aus eigenem Erleben gut kennt, gibt diesen erschütternden Fällen aus Amerikas Gerichtssälen und Todeszellen eine Stimme. Er vertritt Menschen, die keinen oder nur pro forma einen Rechtsbeistand erhalten. Fast wie ein Thriller lesen sich die Fälle, in denen er dafür kämpft, unschuldige Menschen aus der Todeszelle herauszuholen. Ein notwendiges Buch, das den Rassismus einer Gesellschaft und das Versagen eines Strafsystems anprangert – und erschreckende Einblicke in die amerikanische Gesellschaft gibt.
Is privilege real or imagined? Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference, unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today's race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role we are called to play as ministers of the gospel.
Helmut Gollwitzer was a direct heir of the theological legacy of the great Protestant theologian Karl Barth. More than any of Barth‘s other interpreters, Gollwitzer embraced and extended the sociopolitical impulses and implications within Barth‘s theology. In this, Gollwitzer embodies a salient and necessary alternative in the American context of increasingly intertwined theological and political discourses. This volume, the first book-length study of Gollwitzer available in English, provides a helpful introduction to the life, theology, and political thought of this crucial theologian and public intellectual.
In this provocative tell-all, David Gushee gives an insider's look at the frictions and schisms of evangelical Christianity, based on his experiences that began with becoming a born-again Southern Baptist in 1978 to being kicked out of evangelicalism in 2014 for his stance on LGBT inclusion in the church. But Gushee's religious pilgrimage proves even broader than that, as he leads his reader through his childhood experiences in Roman Catholicism, his difficult days at the liberal Union Seminary in New York, his encounters with the Christian Right, and more. In telling his story, Gushee speaks to the cultural divisions of a generation, as well as of today, and to those who have themselves been disillusioned by many battles within American Christianity. As he describes his own struggles to find the right path at different stages of his journey, he highlights the turning points and decisions that we all face. When do we compromise, and when we do we stand our ground? Is holding to moral conviction worth sacrificing friendship, jobs, and security? As he takes us through his sometimes-amusing, sometimes-heartbreaking, and always-stirring journey, Gushee shows us that we can retain our faith in Christ even when Christians disappoint us.
Author: James A. Sanders
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2017-03-28
Lightly tracing his personal experiences growing up in the Bible Belt as a born-again Christian, James A. Sanders recounts his second rebirth experience and subsequent efforts to battle what can most broadly be called evangelicalism's denial of dignity and human worth to those different from the so-called norm. While Sanders cherishes his early experience of being "saved" or "born again," he has become deeply concerned at what has happened to the evangelical movement in America, especially in its being politicized and removed from any kind of valid interpretation of the Bible itself. Sanders critiques evangelicalism for restricting the Holy Spirit's work to the realm of personal experience and so for denying the Spirit's work in society to move believers beyond the ancient mores and metaphors that biblical authors and editors used to record God's work in antiquity. Sanders proposes that Christians read the Bible honestly in its ancient and moral contexts, and attempt with humility to register its prophetic condemnation of tribal views of God, in order to heed the Spirit's urgings to engage in the advancing monotheizing process that the Bible demands of its adherents.
Author: Donna M. Orange
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release Date: 2016-09-13
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Psychoanalysis engages with the difficult subjects in life, but it has been slow to address climate change. Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics draws on the latest scientific evidence to set out the likely effects of climate change on politics, economics and society more generally, including impacts on psychoanalysts. Despite a tendency to avoid the warnings, times of crisis summon clinicians to emerge from comfortable consulting rooms. Daily engaged with human suffering, they now face the inextricably bound together crises of global warming and massive social injustices. After considering historical and emotional causes of climate unconsciousness and of compulsive consumerism, this book argues that only a radical ethics of responsibility to be "my other’s keeper" will truly wake us up to climate change and bring psychoanalysts to actively take on responsibilities, such as demanding change from governments, living more simply, flying less, and caring for the earth and its inhabitants everywhere. Linking climate justice to radical ethics by way of psychoanalysis, Donna Orange explores many relevant aspects of psychoanalytic expertise, referring to work on trauma, mourning, and the transformation of trouble into purpose. Orange makes practical suggestions for action in the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic communities: reducing air travel, consolidating organizations and conferences, better use of internet communication and education. This book includes both philosophical considerations of egoism (close to psychoanalytic narcissism) as problematic, together with work on shame and envy as motivating compulsive and conspicuous consumption. The interweaving of climate emergency and massive social injustice presents psychoanalysts and organized psychoanalysis with a radical ethical demand and an extraordinary opportunity for leadership. Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics will provide accessible and thought-provoking reading for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, as well as philosophers, environmental studies scholars and students studying across these fields.
God once declared everything in the world “very good.” Can you imagine it? A Vision of Hope for a Broken World Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like. Shalom is when all people have enough. It’s when families are healed. It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity. Shalom is when the image of God is recognized in every single human. Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every relationship. What can we do to bring shalom to our nations, our communities, and our souls? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today, even after the Fall. Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God’s vision remains: Wholeness for a hurting world. Peace for a fearful soul. Shalom.