Joel A. Bowman Sr.: Letter to white American evangelicals

„Brothers and sisters, you piously claim to have a high view of Scripture. However, you are among the most prolific purveyors of racism and white supremacy in America today. Lest you think I embellish, consider how you have perpetuated the evil of racial injustice all throughout American history.

In fact, many of those whom you consider “great” theologians and academicians were slaveowners. These include men like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, James Boyce and John Broadus, to name a few.

Yet, many of you are so very proud to have their books in your libraries and their names on your buildings and institutions. Prior to and during the Civil War, many of your leaders misused the Bible to justify slavery, standing squarely on the side of the Confederacy.

The words of Frederick Douglass are just as relevant now as they were in 1845 when they were first published: “I love the pure, peaceable and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds and the grossest of all libels.”

I find no joy in saying that white evangelicalism is, in part, what Douglass called the “Christianity of this land.” Therefore, it is a fraudulent version of Christianity.”

Letter to white American evangelicals

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