America's Original Sin

America's Original Sin

Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to A New America

Book - 2016
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America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin.

"It's time we right this unacceptable wrong," says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week.

In America's Original Sin , Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians--particularly white Christians--urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.

Whenever divided cultures and gridlocked power structures fail to end systemic sin, faith communities can help lead the way to grassroots change. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
Characteristics: xxv, 238 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781587433429 (cloth)
Call Number: 305.800973 WALLIS


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Feb 27, 2017

I did not think I would like this book. It was great to read such a genuine discussion about race. My "race radar" was on and Jim Wallis did not disappoint.
This should be required reading for all churchgoers and non-churchgoers.

Great book! A must have! Confirmed what I already knew about America but taught me so much more about history and re-awakened my hope for a better future.

Feb 01, 2016

The Christian guilt trip is adapted for use as racist propaganda to demonize people who dare to obstruct the totalitarian agenda of humanism. Nevertheless, Jim's "evangelical take" deserves one half star as follows: 1/4 star for reminding us about the ugly nature of the "civil rights movement" plus another 1/4 star for bringing Christianity into disrepute again. Zero stars for promoting divisiveness, enmity, and so on. Likewise, zero stars for trivializing rampant narcissism, malice, and criminality among America's blacks---who appear as unready as ever to admit that blacks helped to enslave their ancestors prior to the middle passage.

It's by the way that the Christian doctrine of originated original sin has at least two obnoxious features in addition to the one already indicated. First, it distorts the nature of intrinsic human imperfection. Second, it tramples down justice by suggesting that it's right to punish the innocent.


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How do we build a bridge to a new America where privilege and punishment are not determined by skin color?
200 years of slavery
100 years of legal discrimination
50 years of civil rights movement
8 years of Black president

How can police roles be turned into that of guardian
Racism, Materialism, militarism


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