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Race & Religion in America

By April 25, 2006

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Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America Book of the Day: Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, by Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith. Publisher: Oxford University Press.

Both religion and race have played important - and sometimes deeply interconnected - roles in American history. Religion was used to justify both slavery and abolition; likewise it was used to justify both segregation and desegregation. Today even conservative Christians support equality between the races, but that doesn’t mean that everything is settled or peaceful. In truth, evangelical Christianity continues to reinforce racial divides.

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