Dust and Breath


From Brian Bantum’s The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World: “The relationship of Adam and Eve to the land is not simply one of stewardship, of ruling over. Every time they tended a tree, dug a ditch, or plucked fruit from a tree they were reminded that they were not so different than that dirt or that tree. In a racial world, colonizers believed that the world existed to be subdued, that there were creatures so different from human beings that they should be packed onto boats or herded into pens. But the misperception was twofold. The colonizers thought life could be created and determined, but ignored just how fragile their lives were, just how much like the trees or the squirrels they were. We are all dust and breath.”


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