Some would argue that Christianity itself is racist. Given the sweep of history, this is a charge that has to be confronted.
So we’re going to speak to a couple of people who, despite all the things the church has done wrong — and continues to do wrong — and despite all the things the church should be doing but just isn’t – still see Christ as Lord. They are still part of the church. They still think Christianity is beautiful, even if parts of the church are not.
You as listeners – whether you believe or not – are going to have to be the judges here.
This is not an episode in which I feel competent to lecture anyone.
I don’t know what it’s like to be a minority. That’s why we’re speaking to people today who do know.
- Meet our guest, Jemar Tisby
- Read his latest book, How to fight racism
- Read Jemar’s other book The Colour of Compromise: the truth about the American Church’s complicity in racism
- Check out The Witness
- Get to know Brooke Prentis
- Find out more about Common Grace
- Watch Brenda Salter McNeil’s full talk on her ‘response to racism’
- This episode is supported by Zondervan Academic’s book Evangelical Theology by Michael Bird
- Full CNN report on the global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd
- Read more about the Black Lives Matter movement in this series from The New Yorker
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical religion and the problem of race in America, Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
- Listen to Tim Keller’s full speech on Racism and Corporate Evil
- Also read Tim Keller’s series on justice and race in the Gospel In Life Magazine
- Read more about the Southern Baptists and Critical Race Theory
- And a little more about Critical Race Theory more generally: Are all white people racist? Why Critical Race Theory has us rattled, Sydney Morning Herald
More on Australia’s Aboriginal history
- Mapping the massacres of Australia’s colonial frontier, The University of Newcastle
- More on the Aboriginal reserves and stations
- Close the Gap 2020: The annual report of Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap and achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health and life expectancy
- Bringing Them Home Report 1997 – A Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children From Their Families.
- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says “Sorry” on behalf of the Australian Government in 2008
- Watch Australia’s National Aboriginal Bishop in the Anglican Church, Chris McLeod’s full interview on Black Lives Matter and the Church
- Brooke Prentis gave us three pieces of content she believes all Australians should consume to learn more about the true history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia:
Here’s an alternative view on racism in America
- Candace Owens is a conservative US commentator who has a very different take on the Black Lives Matter movement and how she thinks her country should be dealing with racism.
- Ben Shapiro is one of the most popular conservative commentators in the US. He disagrees with the idea of systemic racism. More here.