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



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