Do Black Lives Matter?
How Christian Scriptures Speak to Black Empowerment
Imprint: Cascade Books
282 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.56 in
- Published: June 2023
This volume is a collection of essays and sermons that highlights Black resilience and the importance of Scripture to this resilience. It also forefronts the significance of Scripture to the Black struggle for justice and brings together prominent and gifted Black scholars in biblical studies, ethics, history, and theology, all of whom employ their expertise, their research, and their writings as tools for the struggle.
“Contrary to the views of many white Americans, African Americans have always known that the Bible provides no support for either white supremacy or black inferiority. Thus, motivated by the murder of George Floyd during the summer of 2020, a group of black biblical scholars, historians, ethicists, theologians, and homileticians decided to write this impressive book of essays to demonstrate how the Bible addresses racism and the struggle for racial justice in America. In differing ways, every essay is an enlightening experience.”
—Peter J. Paris, professor emeritus of Christian social ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary
“These expertly argued essays draw together various disciplines to form a chorus of voices that not only affirm black lives, but also testify to Scripture’s call for justice, human dignity, and diverse unity. This book showcases how Christian Scripture and tradition can speak to some of the most important issues in life today. Those who have eyes, let them read!”
—Nijay K. Gupta, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary