The Body of Jesus

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From Brian Bantum’s The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World: “In America, Jesus is only occasionally the center of Christian identity, especially for those who seem to utter his name so often. Too often, Christian identity in America is more about bodies governed by a racial ideal in the guise of a so-called Christianity. Race is more determinative for our lives than being a Christian. Race shapes who marries who, where we live and cannot live, who is more likely to be seen as guilty or innocent, who shapes our prospects for education or health. Race permeates our existence in this country. This story is not simply about a few bad apples or an abstract notion of sin. This is about a Christian story that has not accounted for the body of Jesus or the bodies of those who believe.”

Roger

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