What’s the intersection of church and race? Most churches are ethnically homogenous. Rarely do you find a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural church, especially in the American South.
In the South, this is a product of slavery and segregation. However, it goes much deeper than that, especially since we are over 60 years removed from the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Act, and the end of segregation from a legal standpoint.
Where does identity fit into the conversation? More specifically, how does the concept of whiteness influence all of this?
“Questions about how the prototypic self-concept functions in our lives even as our minds are comprised by many various and sometimes conflictive strands for self-definition lead us to look at experiential theories of the self,” said Jacob Cook on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
Cook is a teacher-scholar postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest Divinity School. His new book, Worldview Theory, Whiteness, and the Future of Evangelical Faith was central to our conversation.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the Associate Executive Coordinator of CBF North Carolina. He’s also served as CBF’s Church Start Specialist, the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, and the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Follow on Twitter @haleandy.