Evangelicals, Racism, and the Limits of Social Science Research

Douglas R. Sharp

Douglas R. Sharp explores in this essay the problem of racism and evangelical Christianity, addressing the race-related attitudes, values, opinions, and perceptions of evangelical Christians as measured by recent social science research. Attention to this research raises important issues regarding the possibilities and obstacles to evangelical initiatives in racial reconciliation as well as issues related to the use of social science research by evangelicals in the area of race relations. Following a review of an important study of European-American evangelical opinions on racism, the essay focuses on more recent data and identifies the strengths and limits of this research for evangelical initiatives. Mr. Sharp is professor of Christian Theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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