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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300171366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300171365
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.4 x 22.6 cm
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"Jennings excavates the major theological issues involved as the old world encountered--violently--the new and engaged in displacement and racialization of the 'subjugated' peoples. At stake is a whole way of conceiving the self, the other, and the world of their mutual relations."--Miroslav Volf, Yale University

"There is no study that I know of that traces with such detail, consistency, insight, historical depth and geographic spread, the links between racism, capitalism and Christian theology. A brilliant piece of work."--Walter Mignolo, Duke University

"How did Christianity become so closely identified with racial segregation and oppression? Jennings successfully addresses a question that others have taken for granted or left unanswered. This original and important book has the potential to change the way theology is done henceforth in America."--Cheryl Sanders, Howard University



"Sensitively descriptive writing. . . . This study lays out realities that must be honestly admitted."--Nancy Hawkins, America


"[A] theological masterpiece."--Chris Smith, Englewood Review of Books
"Jennings engages broad historical sources and cultural theory in uncommonly exquisite yet accessible prose. . . . This broadly conceived study promised to reconfigure the historical understanding of race, religion, and empire in the Americas and to stimulate theological reflection on Christian-Jew relations."--S. A. Johnson, Choice
"[An] astounding book. . . . Jennings's genius carries through. . . . A highly textured instance of theology at its best."--Jonathan Tran, Religious Studies Review
"Detailing the nooks and crannies of white supremacist Christianity, The Christian Imagination allows not only for greater sophistication when considering race and theology. It also points to possible cures to the disease so elegantly diagnosed."--Edward J. Blum, Journal of Religion
Shortlisted for the 2011 American Academy of Religion Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion, in the Constructive-Reflective Study of Religion Category
Winner of the 2011 American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Constructive-Reflective Study of Religion category
Winner of the 2015 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion presented by the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville

"Jennings excavates the major theological issues involved as the old world encountered--violently--the new and engaged in displacement and racialization of the 'subjugated' peoples. At stake is a whole way of conceiving the self, the other, and the world of their mutual relations."--Miroslav Volf, Yale University


"There is no study that I know of that traces with such detail, consistency, insight, historical depth and geographic spread, the links between racism, capitalism and Christian theology. A brilliant piece of work."--Walter Mignolo, Duke University


"How did Christianity become so closely identified with racial segregation and oppression? Jennings successfully addresses a question that others have taken for granted or left unanswered. This original and important book has the potential to change the way theology is done henceforth in America."--Cheryl Sanders, Howard University


About the Author

Willie James Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, where he previously served as academic dean. He lives in Durham, NC.


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