“Is the situation hopeless? If white evangelicals continue to travel the same road they have traveled thus far, the future does indeed look bleak. This issues are far too complex to be addressed by a homogenous subculture that tends toward high-energy, but simplistic and unidimensional solutions to complex social problems. . . .To address successfully the complexity of American race relations, [the] evangelical tendency toward quick-minded activism should be modified. With a few exceptions, evangelicals lack serious thinking on this issue. Rather than integrate their faith with knowledge of race relations, inequality, and American society, they generally allow their cultural constructions to shape one-dimensional assessments and solutions to multidimensional problems. This will not do.”
Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 170-171.
[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]