The “Good news” is central to evangelical theology and the movement known as evangelicalism, but the news has not always been good for minorities who inhabit evangelical communities and institutions in the United States. Vincent Bacote argues a reckoning with questions of race is necessary for evangelical theology to help cultivate an evangelical movement more hospitable to minorities, particularly African-Americans. Evangelicalism is here regarded not only a set of beliefs about the Bible, Christ’s work on the cross, conversion and witness but also as a set of dispositions and postures that create openness to the concerns of minorities. With a perpetually uneasy conscience, Christians within the evangelical movement can cultivate a disposition ready to learn from the questions and contributions of minorities in evangelical spaces, such as William Bentley and Carl Ellis. A better evangelical theology is proposed as doctrines that yield actions that are truly good news for all.
Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. (2002), Drew University, is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College (IL). He is author of various publications including The Spirit in Public Theology (Baker Academic, 2006).
Reckoning with Race and Performing the Good News In Search of a Better Evangelical Theology
Vincent E. Bacote
Abstract Keywords 1 Looking for Good News
2 Reckoning with Shadow of Race
3 Presenting a Way Forward
4 Pursuing an Evangelical Disposition
5 Cultivating a Perpetual Uneasy Conscience
6 Bringing Others to the Table
7 Building Constructive Proposals
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