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The Myth of Colorblind Christians: Evangelicals and White Supremacy in the Civil Rights Era

Jesse Curtis


The Myth of Colorblind Christians uncovers the little-known history of black and white evangelical encounters in the second half of the twentieth century. Amid the upheavals of the civil rights movement, black evangelicals insisted there must be no color line in the body of Christ. In an effort to preserve the credibility of their movement, white evangelicals discarded theologies of white supremacy and embraced a new theology of Christian colorblindness. But instead of using this colorblind theology for antiracist purposes, white evangelicals found new ways to invest in whiteness in the name o ... More

Keywords: White evangelicals, Black evangelicals, Whiteness, Church Growth Movement, Racism, Evangelicalism, Civil rights movement, Racial reconciliation, Colorblindness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479809370
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479809370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Curtis, author
Valparaiso University