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The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality for Racial Reconciliation

The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality for Racial Reconciliation

Two of the most vocal activists on racial issues in the church seek nothing less than a conversion of American Christianity. They directly challenge the churches to resume leadership in overcoming and redressing America's legacy of racial segregation.

Campolo and Battle expose the realities of racial division in the churches and then lift up a vision of a church without racism. To achieve reconciliation within and among the denominations, they argue, both the black and the white church need to acknowledge and overcome substantial problems in their traditions.

The authors provide a blueprint for how racially reconciled churches can encourage activism in the cities, church involvement in politics, and responsible use of the Bible, ultimately helping to transform American society itself.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636975
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 171
  • Publication Date May 3, 2005


"Anything these good and learned men have to say on the vexed subject of the scandal of religious segregation is required reading for us all. This work, much needed, provokes us all in the most vital of areas. The credibility of the Christian faith depends on it."
— Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minster in the Memorial Church, Harvard University

"It takes great courage, and great faith too, honestly to confront the chief sin of the North American church—racism. We could have no better guides in this journey of faithful confrontation than Tony Campolo and Michael Battle. Here, in black and white, is truth-telling, confession, repentance, and a powerful call to reconciliation. This is the honest yet hopeful gook that the church needs to read now and take to heart."
— Will Willimon, Bishop, The United Methodist Church, North Alabama Conference

"A book that dares to say what must be said. It raises the right questions, offers an excellent section on American culture from an African perspective, and is a wonderful resource for group studies."
— John T. Galloway Jr., Pastor, Wayne Presbyterian Church, author of Ministry Loves Company