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The Arrogance of Faith: Christianity and Race in America

Wood, Forrest G.

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ISBN 10: 0394579933 / ISBN 13: 9780394579931
Published by Knopf, 1990
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Title: The Arrogance of Faith: Christianity and ...

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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Christian; Christian Theology; Christianity; General; Non-Fiction; Race relations; Religion; Religious aspects; United States

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Slaveholders like U.S. President Andrew Jackson used the Bible as justification for the master-slave relationship. Christianity, contends Wood in this extensive, hard-hitting critique, played a fundamental role in shaping the white racism undergirding black slavery and made possible the near-extermination of the American Indian. Beginning with Puritan colonists preaching their superiority over Indians, down to race-motivated sectional divisions in the three mainline Protestant churches (Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist), this challenging historical study by the author of Black Scare: The Racist Response to Emancipation and Reconstruction confronts a neglected aspect of the Christian experience in America. Wood explains how Christians' attempts to convert "heathens" or "infidels" attacked the foundations of non-Christian cultures. Plantation songs, Quakers, white phobia toward black sexuality, and Social Gospel, a 19th-century liberal Protestant reform movement, also come under scrutiny.
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