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What You Need to Read During Black History Month

Marvin Olasky, editor in chief of World from 1992 to 2021, reviews books on religion for Religion Unplugged and recommends these seven books to read in honor of Black History month.

Should White Christians Celebrate Juneteenth?

Sharing Juneteenth with people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and united by a common faith is one of the most powerful ways to celebrate. 

Racial Reparations: Faith Communities and Political Action

In their infamous booklet "Southern Slavery as It Was," Doug Wilson of Moscow Idaho, and Steve Wilkins wrote: “There has never been a multi-racial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.” The clear implication of this statement (yet to be retracted) is that Americans owe nothing to the descendants of these happy plantation workers.

When Scapegoats Come to Dinner

O’Tuama woke me up to a dimension of my community’s shock and anger: those we kept in chains—literally in the form of their ancestor’s slavery and in the present racist prison system, or figuratively in the various legacies of slavery (ie. voting rights)—are looking us in the eyes, clothed, dignified, and simply by existing in this way, asking to be heard. I see that the rage felt by so many fans is not unlike the Gerasene neighborhood council telling Jesus to take a hike.

In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges

Historians have known about and used runaway advertisements before, of course, but they’ve never all been gathered in one easily accessible place

The Bible Says: Does God Approve of Slavery?

Does God approve of slavey? Below are the Scriptures that many people are conflicted about.

Prayer for Ferguson

There is an injustice in our land from how we have treated the sons and daughters of slaves. We confess our sins to you and pray for your deliverance from our cold hearts.

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