Bishop Payne Library

Bishop Payne Library

"Our passion is to help you go deeper in your faith and vocation through reading, research, and resources."
The Bishop Payne Library is located on the campus of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. The library serves seminary students and their families, faculty and staff, as well as local clergy and Christian educators, students and faculty of the Washington Theological Consortium and VTS alumni.   

The Bishop Payne Library holds over 250,000 volumes and provides access to 300,000 ebook titles and 2,000 periodicals. The Library is also home to the Seminary Archives and the African-American Episcopal Historical Collection.
Alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request booksto be sent at no cost. Read more about Alumni Borrowing Privileges here.

Bishop Payne Library > Prof's Picks

Prof’s Picks
July 2019
Each month the Bishop Payne Library invites a member of the VTS faculty to
share what books they are reading for research, curriculum or pleasure.
The Rev. Joseph D. Thompson, Ph.D. is the Director of Multicultural Ministries and Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies.
In this compelling book framed as a letter to his son, Coates is vocal about his atheism, but in my opinion, he truly captures the spiritual dimensions of the problem of race in the United States. Christians, and other people of faith, need to be challenged by this text (and indeed, many have been).
After you read Between the World and Me, this excellent collection of essays by several distinguished theologians and religious scholars will help you to unpack the theological and spiritual implications of Coates’s analysis.
According to Bantum, it’s not enough simply to understand that race is a symbolic, non-scientific category that wields very real power through social institutions. Additionally, we must supplant the deeply ingrained stories that have been told about race, as a way of exploiting human diversity for material gain, with new stories about what God is up to in making us so diverse.

For the complete archive of Prof's Picks, please visit the Catalog & Electronic Resources page

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