The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Religion & racism

"Why Don't We Practice What We Preach?" a study by Deborah Hall of Arizona State University and David Matz of Augsburg College, Minneapolis, analyzes 50 years of data on race and religion in the U.S.

The study concludes that religious belief isn't an inoculation against racial prejudice.

Researcher Wendy Wood of the University of Southern California, said religious groups "tend to favor in-group members, who hold similar beliefs ... and because in-group members tend to be the same race, the in-group bias gets tied up with racism."

Wood said only one in 10 U.S. churches have "even a moderate amount of racial diversity."


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