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"I am a man torn in two. And the gospel I inherited is divided."
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt in the American South as a faithful church-going Christian. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody. The same Christianity that sang, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound" also perpetuated racial injustice and white supremacy in the name of Jesus. His Christianity, he discovered, was the religion of the slaveholder.
Just as Reconstruction after the Civil War worked to repair a desperately broken society, our compromised Christianity requires a spiritual reconstruction that undoes the injustices of the past. Wilson-Hartgrove traces his journey from the religion of the slaveholder to the Christianity of Christ. Reconstructing the gospel requires facing the pain of the past and present, from racial blindness to systemic abuses of power. Grappling seriously with troubling history and theology, Wilson-Hartgrove recovers the subversiveness of the gospel that sustained the church through centuries of slavery and oppression, from the civil rights era to the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond.
When the gospel is reconstructed, freedom rings both for individuals and for society as a whole. Discover how Jesus continues to save us from ourselves and each other, to repair the breach and heal our land.
©2018 Mission Audio (P)2018 Mission Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Elgin Bailey on 04-01-18


I was expecting more unpacking of why Institutional/Westernized Christianity is "Slave holders Religion", and I didn't find that here.

What I found was a ringing endorsement for the ideology of "love overcomes hate". That if Whites and African Descendants got to know each other, and share time together white supremacy will be defeated. To be fair, the author did share how he and others are challenging white supremacy in other ways. Yet, what I have found is whites tend to challenge the system yet neglect to challenge the people who are in control of the system, which is other whites.

Overall I would recommend this book, if you are someone beginning to see the evil of white supremacy, yet if you are someone looking for more depth and understanding on how things were put in place, look elsewhere.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jimmy K on 03-27-18


This book gave me so much needed insight into the mindset of the " White Evangelicals". I am truly grateful for the author's ability to describe their perspective and to clarify the misinterpretations of the bible that they rely on to justify their positions. Great job.

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