Reading the Bible While Black: The Crucial Perspective of the Black Church (Esau McCaulley)
“Blackness is a part of American culture.” Too often American Christianity is equated with white Christianity, while expressions of Black Christianity are overlooked. Continuing our series “By the Oppressed, to the Oppressed: How the Marginalized Church Reads Scripture,” Esau McCaulley, author of Reading While Black, explains how American Black history has given Black Christians an important lens through which to understand Scripture, and how power can actually be a distorting lens. When people hear biblical interpretations they might have missed because of their own experiences, the narrative can change.
- 0:27 When we misunderstand what we see and hear
- 3:08 Black Bible reading
- 6:33 Expressions of Black Christianity
- 11:36 Distorting the influence of power
- 16:03 The “Slave Bible”
- 23:48 Suffering and biblical interpretation
- 27:14 The use of the Bible in the Civil War
- 28:24 We need a fuller range of interpretations
- 34:33 Reevaluating your theological perspective
Show notes by Dominique LaCroix
Image created by Rubner Durais
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