From Brian Bantum’s The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World: “The heart of Christian confession is that God abhors the deaths we are subjected to. Scripture is the testament to God’s continual desire for us to be alive, to love and be loved, to be with God and with one another. In our deluded sense of independence God reminds us of our essential relationality. In our exile or imprisonment God comes near. In the midst of our violation of others’ bodies, bodies made in the image of God, God becomes like us, makes bodied life a part of God’s own life. For lives repeatedly alienated through a thousand little comments or rendered invisible by society, God sees and names and touches. In the midst of these the incarnation is God’s Word to us that our bodies were made to be free and to love.”


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