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GCORR Book Study: White Too Long by Robert P. Jones (Religion & Race)

GCORR Book Study Guide: For Small Groups & Individual Reflection

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White Too Long by Robert P. Jones

Author Robert Jones, CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), discusses how the legacy of white supremacy has shaped and continues to shape American Christianity. Jones outlines, through the lenses of both Christian theology and American history, how values of white supremacy were intentionally used by those in white mainline Christian denominations (along with partnering with politicians and community organizations) to propagate whiteness and further black inequality. Jones strategically illustrates the harmful effects of white supremacy on American Christianity by taking readers on a journey from recognizing and seeing the crisis of the present moment to naming how collective responsibility and repair might be possible now.

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How To Use This Study

This book study guide follows the structure of the book:

  • Chapter 1 – Seeing: Our Current Moment
  • Chapter 2 – Remembering: Christianity as the Conductor of White Supremacy
  • Chapter 3 – Believing: The Theology of White Supremacy
  • Chapter 4 – Marking: Monuments to White Supremacy
  • Chapter 5 – Mapping: The White Supremacy Gene in American Christianity
  • Chapter 6 – Telling: Stories of Change
  • Chapter 7 – Reckoning: Toward Responsibility and Repair Sessions may be completed each week for a seven-week study. Each session opens with a prayer, scripture verse, or opening quotation from the book. Additionally, each session has only three to four questions due to the dense subject of the text. We invite you to take your time discussing the questions and reflecting on them.