Part of the By the Oppressed, to the Oppressed: How the Marginalized Church Reads the Bible series

How the Marginalized Church Reads the Bible, Part 1: Vince Bantu

New CHT fellow Dr. Vince Bantu of Fuller Theological Seminary is back on the podcast, this time to discuss the how historically marginalized and oppressed parts of the church understand Scripture better than the dominant church does—from the early church to the African church to the Black church in the U.S. today. Dr. Bantu and Dru explore the interpretive advantages that the lack of political and social power can confer on readers of the Bible—a book written largely by people who suffered oppression and exile.

Show notes:

  • 0:00 The dominant church vs. the marginalized church
  • 6:10 Imperial Christendom and the temptation of political power
  • 13:08 Dualisms of the white church that the Black church doesn’t have
  • 20:03 The Black church’s grasp on biblical righteousness and justice
  • 29:27 God’s providence and the West African slave trade
  • 36:35 The white church’s incomplete gospel

Show notes by Celina Durgin

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