Ebooks on the Black Christian Experience

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Recent events have highlighted the enduring prevalence of racism and xenophobia in America, Canada, and around the globe. The Allison Library laments the abuse of people who are loved by God and created in his image. We grieve over the deaths of victims of systemic racism and oppression. We repent of the ways we have consciously and unconsciously fostered attitudes that have been hurtful and harmful to peoples of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

One step we can take is to grow in our understanding, because understanding builds empathy and the courage to live differently. To this end, the Library has curated a collection of ebooks that explore black theology and the black experience of Christianity, and which inform this heart-breaking cultural moment. In response to mass protests in the USA and elsewhere we have chosen to focus on the experience of black people, but we acknowledge that peoples of other racial and ethnic backgrounds have also been the target of racial injustice.


Brian Bantum (2016) - The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World

J. Kameron Carter (2008) - Race: A Theological Account

James H. Cone (2010) - A Black Theology of Liberation

James H. Cone (2011) - The Cross and the Lynching Tree

M. Shawn Copeland (2018) - Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience

Keri Day (2016) - Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives

Curtiss Paul DeYoung et al. (2004) - United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race

Kelly Brown Douglas (2015) - Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith (2000) - Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

James L. Gorman (2019) - Slavery's Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity

Jennifer Harvey (2014) - Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Daniel Hill (2017) - White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to Be White

Jasmine L. Holmes (2020) - Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope

Willie James Jennings (2010) - The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

David P. Leong (2017) - Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

Kristopher Norris (2020) - Witnessing Whiteness: Confronting White Supremacy in the American Church

Robert J. Priest and Alvaro L. Nieves, eds. (2007) - This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith

Love L. Sechrest et al., eds. (2018) - Can "White" People be Saved?: Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission

Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry, eds. (2018) - To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.

David Winston Swanson (2020) - Redisciplining the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity

Emilie Maureen Townes (2006) - Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil

Chanequa Walker-Barnes (2019) - I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2018) - Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

George Yancy (2012) - Christology and Whiteness: What Would Jesus Do?