Today Dr. Anthony Bradley posted a 23-tweet thread that covers just about any and everything you need to consider if you have a question.
Each numbered tweet references a book, post or video worth your time. It’ll take me years to work through it all, but I’m determined to learn.
From @drantbradley Twitter thread from June 25, 2020
- Reclaiming my time. Had a dream last night that there was a major evangelical discussion about race and the advert had white, Asian, & Latino males, but for the black person, it was photo of Aunt Jemima. I was ranting on Twitter. I’m taking that as a sign so I’m moving on. Why?
- With every podcast, I’m regurgitating points I’ve been making since 1998. Not saying anything new. So, if you’re interested in having a multi-ethnic future for your local church and/or Christian edu, I have a book on that. Do what the appendix says.
Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions Paperback – May 6, 2013 by Anthony B. Bradley
- Here are my thoughts on George Floyd, protests, & police reform:
Acton Line podcast: Anthony Bradley on George Floyd, police reform, and riots
- The fact that many conservative evangelicals refuse to utter the phrase “Black Lives Matter” reveals that their primary allegiance is to political ideology. It’s neurotic. Jonathan Haidt explains conservative conformity pressure.
Jonathan Haidt Explains Our Contentious Culture February 3, 2012 [Note from Jim Moon Jr – Dr. Carl Ellis Jr’s post “Reflections on Black Lives Matter” is excellent as well.http://drcarlellisjr.blogspot.com/2016/07/reflections-on-black-lives.html%5D
- Evangelicalism is anemic & vacuous at the intersection of faith & culture because of its deep ignorance of 500 years worth of Christian social thought principles. No blog from TGC, T4G, DG, any 600-word op-ed on “the gospel” + random verses, etc will provide you tools for 2020.
- Talking to evangelicals who don’t know sphere sovereignty, personalism, eudaimonia, subsidiarity, etc. but want to offer cherry-picked biblicist solutions is a waste of time. They need to study Christian political philosophy.
- Christians not operating from a Confession of Faith are wasting time & money trying to connect dots already connected 300/400 years ago. We cannot demand orthopraxis when their orthodoxy has no depth beyond an 8-point “What We Believe” link. Start here>
Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition Paperback – December 12, 2005 by Jaroslav Pelikan (Author)
- Anti-racism is truncated & is an anthropology of negation. It may prevent injustice but that does not provide the conditions needed for black thriving. That’s a discussion about political and economic liberty and black personalism
The Political Economy of Liberation: Thomas Sowell and James Cone on the Black Experience – February 29, 2012 by Anthony Bradley (Author)
- For people who have no religion, being anti-racist fills many voids left by leaving faith traditions. It provides a framework for transcendence of the self, sin, redemption, public worship, toppling “idols,” atonement, etc. Christians don’t need it.
“Anti-racism, our flawed new religion” https://www.thedailybeast.com/antiracism-our-flawed-new-religion
- Black thriving also *must* include moral formation of the whole black person. I have a book coming out on this very soon. It includes chapters from *black female scholars* with PhDs who do more than just Tweet, podcast, & write blog posts. Coming soon is Why Black Lives Matter.
- Evangelical’s inability to concede that sinners can create systems in local communities that treat the disliked as “the other” need to read about the systemic injustice against lower class white people of Scots/Irish decent. It happened to blacks too.
Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness by Matt Wray (Author) [Note from Jim Moon, Jr. – I found White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg]
- If your conservative friends are struggling to believe America’s race history, structurally, have them watch this and then tell them to read the book, “The Color of Law.”
Video: Holy Post: Race in America by Phil Vischer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGUwcs9qJXY
- Is America a “racist country?” As a theologian, the answer is “yes.” Why? Because every country that has people in is groupish & others other people. Ergo, every country on the planet earth is “racist.” Does it explain racial disparities everywhere, “no!”
Discrimination and Disparities Hardcover – March 5, 2019 By Thomas Sowell
- Does “white privilege” exist? Yes. Does it mean white people have easier lives/don’t have to work for things? “No!” It does mean that whiteness comes with the privilege of not having a range of burdens/liabilities. Class privilege too! These can intersect.
“No Racial Reconciliation Without Intersectionality and Privilege” by ANTHONY BRADLEY • January 13, 2014
- Intersectionality/CRT/Marxism are not threats to evangelicalism. Stop being silly. What’s destroyed American evangelicalism is white Christian nationalism. Since Jim Crow, evangelicalism’s gospel has proven no match for *that* syncretism. GenZ rejects it.
Raising Racists: The Socialization of White Children in the Jim Crow South (New Directions In Southern History)Paperback – March 22, 2018 by Kristina DuRocher Ph.D. (Author)
- Many people, ergo, believe evangelicalism to actually not be Christian because of the inability of its leaders to show self-critical gospel humility about its history without the hysteria of “becoming Marxist.” Instead you get defensive pride & arrogance.
Mississippi Praying Paperback – September 1, 2015 by N.A. N.A. (Author)
- If you’re in the PCA & relying on evangelicalism to help you think about culture. Why? It’s like bringing a Dollar Store mini-screwdriver set to repair a blown head gasket. Why are you not using Covenant Theology, the WCF, Kuyper, Scottish tradition? Why?
Video: “How Evangelicalism Undermined Reformed Applications of Cosmic Redemption” – Dr. Anthony Bradley
- If you’re in the PCA, authors with low sacramental views, not in connectional churches, don’t have a Confession of Faith, in networks where celebrity = credibility, dabble in Reformed fruit but reject the roots, cannot help you apply Presbyterianism.
On Being Presbyterian: Our Beliefs, Practices, And Stories By Sean Michael Lucas
- If you’re Presbyterian, here’s primer on the intersection of the Bible and the WCF for thinking about personal and social ethics. Seriously, this need to be in every PCA pastor’s library.
Biblical Christian Ethics Paperback – June 1, 1994 By David Clyde Jones (Author)
- Local church action on race? Use your church to facilitate transitional justice in your town. Convene local politicians, non-profit leaders, etc. to do this work. Your church should be a community center as well.
“Finally Healing the Wounds of Jim Crow” by Anthony Bradley
- If you’re looking for writers to explain how we got here, here’s a start. Read these like you’re an adult: eat the meat & spit out the bones. It doesn’t need to be from a tribal publisher to trust it. Stop being a lazy thinker. God gave you Reason.
- I connect all these dots and apply 400 years of Christian social thought principles to issues in American life in this book, if you’d like a model for how this is done. It’s a personalist approach to social issues. It’s about human flourishing.
Something Seems Strange: Critical Essays on Christianity, Public Policy, and Contemporary Culture Paperback – September 21, 2016 by Anthony B. Bradley (Author)
- I’m slowly learning that being non-tribal in a Facebook formed/confirmation bias world get you published/heard nowhere so . . . .
Thank you Dr. Bradley. Many blessings in your teaching and writing ministry!