Making Good the Claim
Holiness and Visible Unity in the Church of God Reformation Movement
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Burrow scrupulously details the history of the Church of God Movement's claims about holiness and visible unity to discern whether it sought to make good its claims in the realm of interracial unity and equality before God. His search takes him through oral history, correspondence, historic publications, and watershed events. There are moments of near cloak-and-dagger suspense as readers wait to discover who moved the 'race question' forward and who failed to make good the claims. Set within the context of sociological approaches to sect, church, and denomination, the investigation charts the evolution of power, particularly the power of white privilege. Burrow is to be commended for giving voice to some of history's forgotten heroes and sheroes who come alive in his telling."
--L. Susan Bond, Lane College
"A thorough historical and sociological analysis of the persistent problem of racism in the Church of God, written with painstaking precision and prophetic passion. These ethical perspectives and prescriptions promise to advance the church toward visible implementation of biblical reconciliation. A must-read for anyone seeking substantive faith-based remedies to the racial dilemmas of our times."
--Cheryl J. Sanders, Professor of Christian Ethics, Howard University Divinity School
"In Making Good the Claim, Rufus Burrow Jr. invites readers to examine the Church of God's claim of 'uniting holiness and visible unity in the church.' Burrow's thorough analysis illuminates the need for considering where the church should strive to be. He challenges Church of God members to make good the claim of holiness and interracial unity. The author's insight and blueprint for action make this an excellent read and resource for scholars, seminarians, pastors, and laypersons interested in racial reconciliation, unity, and transformation of the Church of God."
--Rebekah I. Baker, Associate Professor of Education, Anderson University
"Dr. Rufus Burrow, Jr. has written a probing and passionate inquiry about interracial unity in the Church of God Reformation Movement. His focus on race relations centers on the cardinal theological stance of the Church of God tenets of holiness and unity. He raises salient questions about the connection between principles, attitudes, and practices as they relate to the doctrine of Christian unity. His significant treatise on the course and path of interracial relationships is coupled with a call for renewed engagement on the part of whites and blacks toward realization of a unity that is both theologically and visibly practiced in the life of the church. Burrow's repetitive emphasis on holiness and visible unity brings one again and again to his core concerns and his passionate pleas."
--Edward L. Foggs, General Secretary Emeritus, Church of God Ministries, and Distinguished Minister at Large, National Association of the Church of God