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Jemar Tisby, author of the NYT bestseller The Color of Compromise, explains the complicity and compromise of American Christians; the narrative war that confederate monuments wage (and how they were erected much later than you might think); the ugly theological justifications of racism and the shameful history of Christian white supremacy; the fraught project of selectively naming heroes and villains and then memorializing them; and the practical problem of how to go forward rightly from this moment of increased attention to racial injustice.

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Jemar Tisby, author of the NYT bestseller The Color of Compromise, explains the complicity and compromise of American Christians; the narrative war that confederate monuments wage (and how they were erected much later than you might think); the ugly theological justifications of racism and the shameful history of Christian white supremacy; the fraught project of selectively naming heroes and villains and then memorializing them; and the practical problem of how to go forward rightly from this moment of increased attention to racial injustice.

Get Jemar Tisby's book! The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Show Notes

  • "the North won the Civil War, but the south won the narrative war." - Bryan Stevenson
  • The birth of Jim Crow in the Redemption Era – white people taking back the South
  • Monuments as reassertion of white supremacy
  • The theological significance of the 'Redemption Era'
  • Separation of Church and State as a disguise for racism
  • The Bible as justification text
  • Matthew 6:24 and“You can't serve God and money”
  • Problematic historical heroes and the desire for heroes today
  • Should we be putting slave holders on pedestals?
  • Can we instead honor those who held America to its noble ideals?
  • What kind of future can we hope for?
  • What confession can look like in communities
  • Theologically unpacking repair
  • Creative repair
  • 2020 and what happened with voting rights
  • Christians and reluctance to vote
  • What do we do now? Awareness, Relationships, Commitment
  • Jesus Christ and relationality
  • Relationships as necessary but not sufficient
  • Commitment to stand up to racial inequalities

Production Notes

  • This podcast featured author and historian Jemar Tisby
  • Edited and Produced by Evan Rosa
  • Hosted by Evan Rosa
  • Editorial and Production Assistance by Annie Trowbridge
  • A Production of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture at Yale Divinity School https://faith.yale.edu/about
  • Support For the Life of the World podcast by giving to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture: https://faith.yale.edu/give

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