Evangelicals and Race

Authored by: John Coffey , Stephen Tuck

The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781472438928
eBook ISBN: 9781315613604
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On 20 June 1995, in Atlanta, Georgia, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution to ‘repent of racism of which we have been guilty’. The Convention confessed: ‘Many of our Southern Baptist forbears defended the right to own slaves’, and ‘In later years Southern Baptists failed, in many cases, to support, and in some cases opposed, legitimate initiatives to secure the civil rights of African-Americans’. The Convention asked for ‘forgiveness from our African-American brothers and sisters’. The Southern Baptist Convention – which had formed 150 years previously to defend slavery – was but one of many evangelical denominations, in the United States and around the world, to repent of past racism in the late twentieth century. 1

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