Monday, September 02, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #36

The perennial though increasingly invisible theological problem of our times is not race in general but whiteness in particular. The modern racializing of bodies in social space is unintelligible, apart from how Christian identity was reimagined during the Enlightenment and how both the content and the disposition animating Christian theology shifted. Christianity was severed from its Jewish roots, lopped off from the people of Israel to facilitate Western conquest. Thus it came to pass that Christianity became the cultural-religious reflex of Western existence. . . . The question that must be addressed, then, is this: What does it mean to speak with theological imagination from within crises of life and death rather than in scholastic universes and out of the disposition of scholastic reason in the mode of the religious, the disposition whose condition of possibility turns from such painfully real worlds?

J. Kameron Carter, Race: A Theological Account (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 372, 377.

[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]

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