Musings of a Postmodern Negro

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Accosting White Privilege, Interrogating Racism, and Practicing Pentecost, Part II

Phil Sinitiere offers Part 2 of his thoughts on Accosting White Privilege, Interrogating Racism, and Practicing Pentecost. What I appreciate about Phil's thoughts is the way he is bringing this discussion with the biblical narrative and Christian grammar. So much of the language used to discuss these issues don't have enough punch. I think speaking of racial divisions in the church as being complicit with the same Powers that crucified the Son of God to be a bit more powerful than the standard language of 'rights', 'equality', and so forth. I am not casting these concepts aside but Christians need to begin to deal with these issues in a more nuanced way that is connected to God's story of redemption and kingdom.

Scot McKnight continues to plug away on this issue. Scot has put out some deep thoughts and suggestions in the direction this kind of discourse needs to go in the church.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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the language issue is an interesting one. At one time, rights language resonated more. Equality as well. And yet, in speaking to the larger society, does the language of principalities and powers have the "punch" in a post-evangelical world? Or is the language you prefer solely to speak to the church?

Bryan

September 29, 2005 6:00 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

I think that there is a need to speak to the church since the church has been coopted by the world and said principalities and powers. Obviously, the larger society would not have a clue what we are bangin on about it.

-Marc

October 09, 2005 3:57 PM  
Anonymous milo said...

Random thoughts

Do you think intellectuals talking about racism is really going to change human nature? The atheists are
way head of christians on racial issue, but... do you have a healthy respect for the resilience of racial attitudes and original sin? Don't you think that we need a radical epistemological
shift? Don't you think that even though the church isgrowing faster among people of color, that whites look
at it this phenom. in a condesceding way and sort of think of it as other? Instead, allowing people of color to feed the white church. Do you think white american pastors would submit to an asian leader like cho or tudor bismarck in africa, myles munroe in the bahamas? I mean we keep having conferences listen to folks like
Mclaren and Mcknight, but God is moving outside of the states without philosphy.

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