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The Color of Christ uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others pictured a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America’s most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.
Edward J. Blum, a professor at San Diego State University, is an award-winning author of several books on race, religion, politics, and culture in United States history.
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By arip412 on 05-11-17
Not worth the read
Non-white male chiming in here!
11 Chapters in...I finally had to stop. To say that this book is redundant is a major understatement. The crux of the book is as follows::
White people construct white images of Jesus to oppress non-whites.
In all fairness Blum and Harvey take a few jabs at Native Americans for doing the same, but otherwise the major culprits here are white people.
As a non-white, I clearly understand, and have been affected, by the dangers of positing God as a white man. The danger of taking Blum, and Harvey's position however, is that they relegate religion to a social phenomenon, and Jesus Christ to an extension of one races grab for power. If this is all Christianity and Christ is, the real miracle is that Christianity still exists. Consider how many genuinely race-centric religions of the past no longer even exist.
Blum and Harvey make little and next to NO mention of the many people who through religion and faith in Jesus Christ do worlds of good.
I recommend reading the following article before reading this book.