Can "White" People Be Saved?

Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission

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Love L. Sechrest, Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, Amos Yong
Missiological Engagements
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic Press
    , November
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by SueJeanne Koh forthcoming.


Yes, White people can be saved. In God's redemptive plan, that goes without saying. But what about the reality of white normativity? This idea and way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness.

Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can “White” People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy.

Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Love L. Sechrest is Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Associate Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. She previously served as associate professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and she is the author of A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race.

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary, where he also teaches in the Hispanic Center (Centro Latino). His books include A Way Up the Ladder, Motivation Achievement Via Religious Ideology: An Ethnography of a Seventh-day Adventist Puerto Rican Church and AVANCE: A Vision for a New Mañana.

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission and Director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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