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Divided by Duty: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America


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Divided by Duty: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O Emerson
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Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people and an additional 200 face-to-face interviews, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America. They found that despite recent efforts by the movement's leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination, evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America's racial chasm. In fact, most white evangelicals see no systematic discrimination against blacks. But the authors contend that it is not active racism that prevents evangelicals from recognizing ongoing problems in American society. Instead, it is the evangelical movement's emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships that makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates racial inequality. Most racial problems, the subjects told the authors, can be solved by the repentance and conversion of the sinful individuals at fault.
Combining a substantial body of evidence with sophisticated analysis and interpretation, the authors throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma. In the end, they conclude that despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends, real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon. Review
Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith has an ingenious, troubling argument. "[E]vangelicals desire to end racial division and inequality, and attempt to think and act accordingly. But, in the process, they likely do more to perpetuate the racial divide than they do to tear it down." Emerson and Smith, who conducted 2,000 telephone surveys and 200 face-to-face interviews in preparing this book, argue that evangelicals have a theological world view that makes it difficult for them to perceive systematic injustices in society. In particular, evangelical emphasis of individualism and free will seem to predispose them to believe that most racial problems can be solved if individuals will only repent of their sins. Therefore, many well-meaning strategies for healing racial divisions (such as cross-cultural friendships) carry within them the seeds of their own defeat. Divided by Faith also includes a brilliant, concise history of evangelical thought about race from colonial times to the civil rights movement. Clearly written and impeccably researched, this book ranks among the most compassionate and critical studies of contemporary evangelicalism. --Michael Joseph Gross
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In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting--a call that is surprisingly controversial, even in the twenty-first century.
In United By Faith, a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that multiracial Christian congregations offer a key to opening the still-locked door between the races in the United States. They note, however, that a belief persists--even in African-American and Latino churches--that racial segregation is an acceptable, even useful practice. The authors examine this question from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives to make their case. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracial congregations in the United States. They cite examples ranging from the abolitionist movement to an astonishing 1897 camp meeting in Alabama that brought together hundreds of whites and blacks literally into the same tent. Here, too, is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor of racial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time.
Faith can be the basis for healing, but too often Christian faith has been a field for injury and division. In this important new book, readers will glimpse a way forward, a path toward once again making the church the basis for racial reconciliation in our still-splintered nation.

Off Broadway Review: 'Wakey Wakey' Starring Michael Emerson - Variety

“It’s important to honor the people whose shoulders we stood upon and fell asleep against,” says Guy (Emerson) as he comes to terms with his life and impending demise. “Nothing is being asked of you here,” he adds, putting the audience at ease in what is clearly a tip-toe situation, one that wavers between the trivial and the profound like the best of conversations among longtime friends. Guy is first seen in a flash of light on the floor asking, “Is it now. ” For the rest of this two-hander directed by Eno, Guy is seated in a wheelchair, weak but purposeful, addressing the audience for this “eulogy for the eulogist. ” But, as Guy points out after one of his many timely observations, “We’re not here to mope, right. There’s music, slides, kiddie snapshots, memory games, word puzzles, fun facts, video clips of funny animals and plenty of wry asides — not to mention Eno’s idiosyncratic sensibility — to keep the first half of the piece beguilingly quirky. But there’s also no doubt that “we’re here to say goodbye, of course. David Lander’s lighting and Christine Jones’ design clue us to the inevitable changing realities: a suggestion of a tasteful institutional setting, packing boxes and piles of clothing indicating material things that aren’t that important any... There’s much to say and too little time. “Time is your friend and time is your enemy,” says Guy as he fumbles with his index cards to cue his memory. There are words of wisdom to impart (“Push yourself a little and go easy on yourself a little”), philosophical questions to ponder (“Where does enjoyment go. ”) and a wake-up call or two (“Take care of each other”). But as Guy physically weakens and his alertness fades, the mood gets drifty. there’s an unexpected peek into Guy’s background. Throughout the play, Eno breaks the fourth wall but here he also suggests a wondrous fifth: a world beyond the memories of the past and the realities of the present and towards the inevitable adjustment nature demands. As Guy would say, “Wowee. Source:

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  • Off Broadway Review: 'Wakey Wakey' Starring Michael Emerson

    02/28/17 ,via Variety

    Signature Theater stages are currently filled with two quite different end-of-life accountings. In one theater there's Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' expansive, lively and cautionary parable play “Everybody.” But in another, Will Eno takes a more intimate

  • Will Eno's Wakey, Wakey, Starring Emmy Winner Michael Emerson, Extends Again Off-Broadway

    03/02/17 ,via

    The world premiere of Will Eno's Wakey, Wakey has extended its run again. The production, which the playwright directs, will now run through April 2 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, instead of the


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  • “Car lovers love customising their cars”. Interview with Emerson Fittipaldi

    03/24/17 ,via

    Emerson Fittipaldi knows a thing or two about cars: former racing driver, he won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race twice and was Formula 1 ® world champion in 1972 and 1974, winning 14 Grand Prix in total. After A.J. Foyt, Michael Schumacher and Rick Mears ...

  • James A. Tuccolo Jr., 77, Retired from Polaroid, Emerson College

    03/24/17 ,via

    He graduated from Newbury College with a degree in Applied Science Management in 1976 and retired from Polaroid and Emerson College ... (Tuccolo) LaPointe and husband Michael LaPointe; grandsons Michael A. Tuccolo and Corey P. Tuccolo; sister Mary Ellen ...

  • What’s New in NYC Theater

    03/23/17 ,via New York Times

    slapstick comedy and ample tear-jerking, which Ben Brantley described as a “glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play,” will make its final exit next month. It stars Michael Emerson as a dying man, with January LaVoy as a home-care aide.


Michael Emerson - IMDb

Michael Emerson, Actor: Person of Interest. Michael Emerson was born on September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Person of Interest ...

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Michael Emerson (born September 7, 1954) is an American film and television actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice ...

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