The Roots of “Racial Faith” within the History of European Christian Settlers

by Rachael Lee  |  published on November 10, 2014

Though movements for equal rights have been continuously pushing forward for decades, the issue of race is still far from archaic. If anything, surges of racial unrest have caused severe consequences and the issue of race and discrimination is centrally prevalent in society even today.

These underlying tensions regarding race are just as relevant to Christians, and how they live out their faith. Some Christians of color may question why the most famous preachers, theologians, or worship leaders tend to be White men. And in many Christians, if not all, regardless of race, there is a subconscious “self-loathing” and constant desire to achieve a greater level of success or acceptance – but why that is, or where that comes from, are aspects that not many Christians quite fully understand.

Dr. Willie James Jennings, an Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, spoke at the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC)’s Sixth Symposium, “A Christian Vision of Belonging: Race and Gender” on November 3 on how race is relevant to how Christians view themselves and others around them.