Coming Together in the 21st Century
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J125
Pages: 256
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817015640
PubDate: 2009

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Read "Multicultural Fluency and the Discipline of Dialogue," an excerpt posted on the Leading Ideas website.

Faith in the twenty-first century depends on our ability to embrace the multicultural message of the Bible. -- from the Introduction

This newly revised and expanded 15th anniversary edition offers readers an in-depth study of multiculturalism and diversity in Scripture. With nearly 50 percent new material, Coming Together in the 21st Century features contributions from ethnically and culturally diverse men and women who offer their unique perspectives.

Other new features of Coming Together in the 21st Century are:

  • An expanded definition of diversity adding gender and class to race, culture, and ethnicity
  • A roundtable on the Bible, liberation, and reconciliation with Brenda Salter-McNeil, Richard Twiss, Jean Zaru, and Allan Boesak
  • A chapter addressing age, disability, sexual orientation, lifestyle, and religion as important aspects of diversity discussions
  • A group reflection and action guide

Coming Together in the 21st Century is an important resource for college, university, and seminary courses on reconciliation, multicultural ministry, and biblical studies.


Editorial Reviews:

"With this provocative and timely revision Curtiss DeYoung joins the ranks of persons like the late William Stringfellow, Jim Wallis, and other white males who, rather than resisting constructive and needed social change, have mustered up the courage to witness on its behalf in open dialogue with the Bible." --Cain Hope Felder, Professor, New Testament Language and Literature, Howard University School of Divinity; Chairman, The Biblical Institute for Social Change, Inc.

"Those interested in racial and cultural reconciliation from a biblical perspective should join me in saying '¡Gracias!' to DeYoung for updating Coming Together for the 21st century. This text carefully listens to the biblical cry for justice emanating from the margins of society and brings it into conversation with a dominant culture that has made their subjective interpretations normative. DeYoung seeks biblical truth claims by bringing these diverse perspectives together, always striving toward a liberation in which all can participate." -- Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Associate Professor of Social Ethics, Iliff School of Theology

"Curtiss DeYoung bears the marks of a modern day prophet. He has worked tirelessly to bring the issue of racial reconciliation and racial justice to the attention of the Christian community. In this new edition of Coming Together, DeYoung reminds us that the journey towards a Biblically-based diversity is a difficult one, but one worth traveling. He has pulled together his personal reflections as well as additional essential voices in this dialogue to provide a thoughtful, Biblical, and needed challenge for the church." --Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism and Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary

"Coming Together in the 21st Century is a fascinating set of essays that wrestle with biblical and theological issues around racial diversity and the history of both implicit and explicit euro-christian interpretations of racial, cultural and religious superiority. At one level, the contributors' reading of the biblical text is simply more accurate than traditional interpretations that simply ignore race in favor of a simplistic presumption of euro-western supremacy. Yet at a more important level, this text represents a perspective that is theologically and socially much healthier for both communities of color and for white Christians." --Dr. Tink Tinker (wazhazhe, Osage Nation), Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

"Curtiss DeYoung is smart. And he's gentle. That's what makes him dangerous. I would call him a prophet, but wouldn't want us to dismiss him that easily. Curtiss DeYoung is an unsung hero of reconciliation, an apologist for liberation, an academic revolutionary, and a pilgrim on the narrow, rugged road that leads to freedom. Read this book... and let it mess with you. And let it move us all a little closer to God and to one another." --Shane Claiborne, author, activist, recovering sinner --

"This is a most worthwhile book for personal reading and for congregational study.  It will, especially the chapters on Jesus’ ethnic identity, prove challenging and transforming of one’s identity and perspective.  I would say that, while the author is definitely speaking to an evangelical community struggling with its understanding of the biblical message, those of us on the more progressive side will find our own preconceptions challenged.  Thus, it is a must read." —from the blog, Ponderings on a Faith Journey. Read the entire post here.

"The strength of DeYoung’s book lies in his reliance on examples from Scripture...a place to begin for church groups and students of religion." —Library Journal, December 25, 2009

"Of special interest is a 'roundtable discussion' between Brenda Salter-McNeil, Native American Richard Twiss, South African Allan Boesak, and Palestinian Jean Zaru, as well as a contribution by Mimi Hadad on gender issues.  I have written elsewhere about a new racial time; while this book presses far beyond race, these voices added to DeYoung’s offer a fresh resource for discernment." —Chris Rice, co-director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School (as posted on the blog Reconcilers)

"To readers interested in social justice, without reservation I recommend Coming Together in the 21st Century. There is much to be gleaned by those looking for a serious discussion of social justice from a Christian perspective." —Dr. Willie O. Peterson, as reviewed for Unity in Christ Magazine

"DeYoung succeeds in moving the dialogue forward by, first, writing in an accessible and non-academic style. Second, he has assembled a competent team of contributors to drive home the message of the radical inclusiveness of Jesus Christ." —Reconcile: Mending Broken Relationships, Vol. 12/Number 1

"Coming Together is a timely book for an evangelical community that resists change in its midst and for the Christian West that silences and overlooks other cultural expressions of Christianity. Therefore, DeYoung's clarion call to Christians of this age is that 'an acceptance of our shared humaneness and our unique cultural identities is a necessary prerequisite for understanding the Bible in an age of diversity.'" —Review of Biblical Literature, September 2010

"DeYoung brings into bold relief the multicultural aspects of the Bible stories. DeYoung goes on to relate the biblical themes to how liberation might be forged in today's society." —"Recommended Resources" in Fellowship, Fall 2010

"Readers expecting ten quick and easy steps toward cultural diversity will be surprised. The change DeYoung has in mind is much more far-reaching, and much more powerful, than adding a praise song with a salsa beat or buying children's Bibles with multiracial pictures. DeYoung calls for Christians to preach a gospel fully freed from the colonial agenda of racism and privilege--much deeper change than most readers probably expect...Coming Together in the 21st Century is a prophetic book that rightly places the call to multiculturalism and liberation in the center of the gospel, and serves as a useful corrective to the myriad ways we still work and worship in a church warped by colonialism and its apologists." —Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, December 2010

"Coming Together is a wonderful and thoughtful engagement about how the gospel may be better understood through the eyes of a diverse community...a foundational treatise on both the theology and ideology of diversity within the body of Christ." —Priscilla Papers, Vol. 25, No. 1, Winter 2011


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