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THEO 303 (Su '15) T14 - Racism
Transcript of THEO 303 (Su '15) T14 - Racism
Ridley, Charles R.,
Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy
, (Sage Publications 1995), 28.
Adopted key thoughts from Carl F. H. Henry, gen. ed.,
Wycliffe Dictionary of Christian Ethics
(Hendrickson Publishers, 2000).
Finish the following sentences
- I have seen (or heard about) racial discrimination ...
- This is what I have heard or experienced as an
example of racial discrimination....
- Racial discrimination is caused by ...
- Because of racial discrimination our society ...
- We can overcome racial discrimination only if ...
- I would like to know about racial discrimination ...
What is racism?
“Racism is any behavior or pattern of behavior that tends to systematically deny access to opportunities or privileges to members of one racial group while perpetuating access to opportunities and privileges to members of another racial group.” (Ridley, 28)
Concept of race
- myth of a pure race
- only one race, the human race (Acts 17:26)
- Greeks believed all non-Greek-speaking humans
- Jews felt superior to Gentiles
- Spanish explorers subdued native Indians
- English traders made slaves of Africans
Root of racism
- racial differences: skin color; national origin
"When these differences are turned into absolutes, race turns into racism."
categorizes a whole group of people
differential treatment of individuals
The spiritual problem of racism
- not only a social concern
- legal efforts may control injustice
- social efforts may diminish prejudice
- a real transformation of the inner person is needed
- people seize a special status for themselves
- Jesus Christ, the elect of God (triumph over racism)
“Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective”
Adopted from book summary of John Piper,
Bloodlines - Race, Cross and the Christian
(Crossway, 2011) at Amazon.com.
- racism on a personal and institutional level
love and justice (Micah 6:8)
Richard Higginson in Dennis P. Hollinger, Choosing the Good (Baker, 2002), 267f.
- responds to
- ability to look beyond
- long-term commitments
- exposes structural
dimensions of ethical issues
Overcoming racism with love and justice
- calls for personal
among the groups
- calls for policies that
ensure ethnic groups
equal access to jobs etc.
Listen to Tim Keller, "Racism and corporate evil"
Race and the Christian, An Evening with John Piper and Tim Keller, Moderated by Anthony Bradley New York, NY; http://www.desiringgod.org/conference-messages/race-and-the-christian