How to accommodate racism

How to accommodate racism within Christianity? It can be accomplished by adding things to scripture, sure, but it’s much more effectively accomplished by taking things away. People don’t notice that as much.  Rather than twisting the story of the curse of Ham into a justification for enslaving blacks, as more open racists are inclined towards,Continue reading “How to accommodate racism”

How to detect racist theology

I am starting to wonder if the reason so many white Christians are in denial about the rising tide of racism in conservative Christianity is because they’re expecting that, if racism ever comes their way, it’s going to take the form of active justification for racism, and they don’t see much of that going on.Continue reading “How to detect racist theology”

Refuting racist misreadings of the Curse of Ham

Robert Boyle—a seventeenth-century scientist who also was a theologian and a devout Christian—refuted the idea that blackness was caused by the curse of Ham, in his book Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours (1664). He wrote: “And not only we do not find expressed in the Scripture, that the Curse meant by Noah to Cham, wasContinue reading “Refuting racist misreadings of the Curse of Ham”

Black and Beautiful?

I fear something has been lost here in artistic translation. Consider this image inspired by the Song of Songs, then consider the verse below from the Song of Songs. Can you spot the incongruity?   I am black and beautiful,     O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar,     like the curtains of Solomon. DoContinue reading “Black and Beautiful?”