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Three-Fifths Theology is a unique book in that two authors from different intellectual perspectives share an important perspective with one goal in mind. The term "Three Fifths Theology" is a term that the authors have used to describe the way aberrant American Christianity often supports status quo injustices because it is founded in cultural contexts and political assump Three-Fifths Theology is a unique book in that two authors from different intellectual perspectives share an important perspective with one goal in mind. The term "Three Fifths Theology" is a term that the authors have used to describe the way aberrant American Christianity often supports status quo injustices because it is founded in cultural contexts and political assumptions that are racist. Its roots are deep in American history and religious social structures. The authors trace how "three fifths theology" has allowed de facto segregation to flourish at the expense of Biblical Christian unity. The goal of this book is to expose three fifths theology and call the church to social justice. Key characteristics of an Afrocentric worldview are presented as antidotes for the problems inherent in contemporary American Christianity." It is written by both an African American and a European American who are in the mainstream of the conversation about racism in American Christianity. The authors, in church and classroom, regularly face the challenges confronted in this book. Certain Afrocentric writers have written books to instruct readers while others are more motivational or devotional in their focus. This book will both educate readers as it evaluates various solutions and then seeks to provide practical applications for specific action. It adds much needed theological perspective into the conversation by offering concrete solutions and raising difficult controversies (reparations, affirmative actions, etc.) from a Christian perspective.


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Three-Fifths Theology is a unique book in that two authors from different intellectual perspectives share an important perspective with one goal in mind. The term "Three Fifths Theology" is a term that the authors have used to describe the way aberrant American Christianity often supports status quo injustices because it is founded in cultural contexts and political assump Three-Fifths Theology is a unique book in that two authors from different intellectual perspectives share an important perspective with one goal in mind. The term "Three Fifths Theology" is a term that the authors have used to describe the way aberrant American Christianity often supports status quo injustices because it is founded in cultural contexts and political assumptions that are racist. Its roots are deep in American history and religious social structures. The authors trace how "three fifths theology" has allowed de facto segregation to flourish at the expense of Biblical Christian unity. The goal of this book is to expose three fifths theology and call the church to social justice. Key characteristics of an Afrocentric worldview are presented as antidotes for the problems inherent in contemporary American Christianity." It is written by both an African American and a European American who are in the mainstream of the conversation about racism in American Christianity. The authors, in church and classroom, regularly face the challenges confronted in this book. Certain Afrocentric writers have written books to instruct readers while others are more motivational or devotional in their focus. This book will both educate readers as it evaluates various solutions and then seeks to provide practical applications for specific action. It adds much needed theological perspective into the conversation by offering concrete solutions and raising difficult controversies (reparations, affirmative actions, etc.) from a Christian perspective.

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