The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

The Color of Christ The Color of Christ University of North Carolina Press

Edward J. Blum 

Paul Harvey

University of North Carolina Press, 2012 


Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, both university professors, collaborate to trace American portrayal of the color of Jesus Christ and its profound effect on creating and shaping United States history, society, and religion.

They begin with an examination on this perspective's influence on the white exploration and exploitation of the American frontier, the subjugation of American Indians and African slaves and the long history of America's white racism while, in turn, African-Americans saw Christ as their redeemer.  The authors look at how the view of Jesus has had an impact on American religious experience and how the power of that religiosity has deep roots in our history up to today.

"A powerful and groundbreaking book. . . . [Blum and Harvey] masterfully probe how a sacred icon can be a tool at once of racial oppression and liberation. A must-read for those interested in American religious history, this book will forever change the way you look at images of Jesus." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"The refreshing and engaging story of how the concept of white Jesus was appropriated and used by Americans of all ethnicities to support their cultural, social, and religious intentions. Blum and Harvey's solid historical writing and deft use of material culture and media bring a fresh viewpoint to the subject of race and religion in America." -Anthea Butler, author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World

"Edward Blum and Paul Harvey's masterful book is a breath of fresh air in our toxic religious culture of learned ignorance and unlearned bigotry." - Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary, NYC

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