Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

by Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith. Oxford University Press, 2001.

This grace-filled book calls White Christians to recognize that well-intentioned actions perpetuate racial divides if leaders aren’ t proactive about bridging the ethnic gap.


racialization and racial division between congregations, insight into evangelical beliefs, history of the evangelical church regarding race, evangelical language

Best For

congregational leaders interested in racial justice or becoming a multicultural congregation


purchase as book, e-book, or audio book

Suggested Uses

  • Learn what creates ethnic divides in congregations by reading about the value systems play.
  • Proactively include people of other ethnicities by first considering how history and congregational culture create division.

About the Contributor

Abby Miller

Abby Miller consults with congregations in northeast Indiana as part of her work with the Center for Congregations. With a focus in ministry leadership, Abby is also a consultant on CRG Chat and helps with social media.  

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