Review by Choice Review
In this book Wadsworth (Univ. of Denver) focuses on an important development that has received very little attention from academia, the media, or the broader public: efforts at racial reconciliation--labeled "evangelical racial change" by Wadsworth--initiated and driven largely by white evangelical Protestants in the US. These efforts began in earnest in the 1990s. Since the publication of Michael Emerson's and Christian Smith's Divided by Faith (CH, Jan'01, 38-2685), the movement has shifted gears and is now heavily focused on constructing a unified evangelical Protestantism free of racial and ethnic divides primarily through the creation of multiethnic churches across the nation. Drawing scholarly attention to this matter is important in and of itself. But Wadsworth does far more than this in her book. Through deft use of political ethnography, she examines the motivations of those involved in this movement, and perhaps more interestingly why those involved in such striking and seemingly unlikely efforts aimed at progressive social change have at the same time been highly reluctant to extend their activities into the political realm. Wadsworth produces some important findings and sets the stage nicely for future research. --Mark D. Brewer, University of Maine
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