A Personal Theology of Race and Reconciliation

Scott Redd | September 12, 2016

The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line. I pray you, then, receive my little book in all charity, studying my words with me, forgiving mistake and foible for sake of the faith and passion that is in me, and seeking the grain of truth hidden there. 

— The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

The quote above, with which W. E. B. Du Bois opens his groundbreaking account of race in America, calls to mind the best of public intellectualism—unwavering but humble, firm but honest. Du Bois is a juggernaut of authentic humanity who calls forth the best parts of who we are and can be by speaking the truth about how we’ve failed and can succeed. He resists the habit common to gifted minds to appraise abstract reasoning as somehow more legitimate than the concrete. His experience undergirds his discussion and gives rise to his passion about the subject. 

In a similar way, the contributors to Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church approach our cultural moment with similar concern about the racial divide and need for reconciliation. Like Du Bois, they offer their own impassioned experiences and pleas. The book’s…

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