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Today’s Christians and conservatives are largely unaware of the extent of the suffering of blacks in American History, from slavery to Jim Crow to the 1960s and even to today. They are largely unaware how systematic it has been and what institutions were created specifically to maintain the injustices. Christians are largely unaware that their own clergy and churches were Today’s Christians and conservatives are largely unaware of the extent of the suffering of blacks in American History, from slavery to Jim Crow to the 1960s and even to today. They are largely unaware how systematic it has been and what institutions were created specifically to maintain the injustices. Christians are largely unaware that their own clergy and churches were among the leading proponents of the systems, and have no idea of the convicting and sad theological justifications employed for turning a blind eye to injustice, or worse, actively perpetuating it. That such theologies are still widely taught today is not a good sign when so many social ills still surround a silent church. In general, Christians and conservatives are not nearly as informed as they may think when it comes to understanding black history in the United States and the black saga it contains.The Problem of Slavery in Christian America aims at providing otherwise well-intended Christians and conservatives a deeper understanding of that history, a starting point for discussion and, if necessary, repentance, and with a biblical response to the larger problem of racism, all while refusing to capitulate to non-Christian leftism.


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Today’s Christians and conservatives are largely unaware of the extent of the suffering of blacks in American History, from slavery to Jim Crow to the 1960s and even to today. They are largely unaware how systematic it has been and what institutions were created specifically to maintain the injustices. Christians are largely unaware that their own clergy and churches were Today’s Christians and conservatives are largely unaware of the extent of the suffering of blacks in American History, from slavery to Jim Crow to the 1960s and even to today. They are largely unaware how systematic it has been and what institutions were created specifically to maintain the injustices. Christians are largely unaware that their own clergy and churches were among the leading proponents of the systems, and have no idea of the convicting and sad theological justifications employed for turning a blind eye to injustice, or worse, actively perpetuating it. That such theologies are still widely taught today is not a good sign when so many social ills still surround a silent church. In general, Christians and conservatives are not nearly as informed as they may think when it comes to understanding black history in the United States and the black saga it contains.The Problem of Slavery in Christian America aims at providing otherwise well-intended Christians and conservatives a deeper understanding of that history, a starting point for discussion and, if necessary, repentance, and with a biblical response to the larger problem of racism, all while refusing to capitulate to non-Christian leftism.

31 review for The Problem of Slavery in Christian America: An Ethical-Judicial History of American Slavery and Racism

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josiah Richardson

    This was a very sad and eye-opening read for me. Slavery has always been a blight on American history but I was not aware how much of a blight it was on American Christian history. Obviously there were many Christians who abstained and fought against slavery, but the prevalence and support for slavery from many Christians is undeniable. The slavery was just the first course. Torture, rape, man-stealing, murder, and other acts were commonly performed on black slaves and without repercussion. The c This was a very sad and eye-opening read for me. Slavery has always been a blight on American history but I was not aware how much of a blight it was on American Christian history. Obviously there were many Christians who abstained and fought against slavery, but the prevalence and support for slavery from many Christians is undeniable. The slavery was just the first course. Torture, rape, man-stealing, murder, and other acts were commonly performed on black slaves and without repercussion. The court systems were built around the white population and negated any testimony from a black man or woman unless under very certain circumstances. This allowed white slave owners to do unspeakable things to black men and women without fear of consequences from the state, and little to no consequences from the church. The stories from slave diaries, from Court records, and from those who did fight to end slavery are very emotional and will cause you to hate slavery even more than you did before and leave you with a bad taste in your mouth for those "Christians" who sat back and let this continue for so long. It makes you wonder what our generation of Christians are sitting back and letting occur in our culture today. I have a few ideas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moses Flores

    Powerful! American Christians, especially evangelicals, should read this book to understand something about the DNA of evangelicalism in the United States and why it needs to change. American Christians should read this book to understand that our cultural moment after George Floyd did not happen in a vacuum. Rather, we have been sitting in a warehouse of explosives playing with matches for over 400 years. American Christians should read this to have new eyes and understand the pain of Black peo Powerful! American Christians, especially evangelicals, should read this book to understand something about the DNA of evangelicalism in the United States and why it needs to change. American Christians should read this book to understand that our cultural moment after George Floyd did not happen in a vacuum. Rather, we have been sitting in a warehouse of explosives playing with matches for over 400 years. American Christians should read this to have new eyes and understand the pain of Black people in America, especially our Black brothers and sisters in the Lord. American Christians should read this and then answer question of the lawyer to Jesus: “and who is my neighbor?”

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