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.
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.