The Gospel in Black & White

The Gospel in Black & White

Theological Resources for Racial Reconciliation

Wheaton Theology Conference Series

Edited by Dennis L. Okholm

The Gospel in Black & White
  • Length: 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: December 22, 1997
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1887-7
  • Item Code: 1887
  • Case Quantity: 28

After signal victories of the civil rights movement in the sixties, recent events have shown that the divide between black and white Americans remains alarmingly wide. And as African- and Euro-Americans perhaps increasingly find themselves at odds politically and culturally, Sunday-morning worship dismayingly remains the most segregated hour of the week.

Yet Christians of both races affirm that the gospel calls them together, that they at least should be one people, of one Lord, one faith, one baptism. In that spirit, the incisive and challenging essays in this book consider what rigorous theological work can contribute to the noble and ongoing quest for racial reconciliation.

Some of the church's most exciting black and white thinkers are gathered here by editor Dennis Okholm to address issues of theological method, hermeneutics, soteriology, ecclesiology and social ethics--always with an eye to closing the gaping wound of racism and serving God's kingdom across color lines.


Introduction/Dennis L. Okholm

1. The Responsibility of Evangelical Intellectuals in the Age of White Supremacy/Eugene Rivers

PART I: Thinking About God in Black White

2. Race, Theological Discourse the Continuing American Dilemma/Ronald C. Potter

3. Wandering in the Wilderness: Christian Identity Theology Between Context Race/Willie James Jennings

4. Theological Method in Black White: Does Race Matter at All?/Vincent Bacote

5. Persons in Racial Reconciliation: The Contribution of a Trinitarian Theological Anthropology/Gary W. Deddo

PART II: Scripture in Black White

6. Wrestling with Scripture: Can Euro-American Christians African-American Christians Learn to Read Scripture Together?/Michael G. Cartwright

PART III: Reconciliation in Black White

7. The Gospel Racial Reconciliation/Craig S. Keener

8. a Text for Racial Cultural Reconciliation Among Christians/J. Julius Scott Jr. - Acts 10:34

PART IV: The Church in Black White

9. How We Do Church: Worship, Empowerment Racial Identity/Cheryl J. Sanders

10. Meeting Messiah/Pamela Baker Powell



Dennis L. Okholm

Dennis L. Okholm (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. Previously he was associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an oblate of a Benedictine monastery (Blue Cloud Abbey, SD). He has coauthored and coedited several books, including two collections of papers presented at the annual Wheaton Theology Conference and Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity (all in partnership with Timothy R. Phillips).