THE PASTOR AND THE RACE ISSUE by Daisuke Kitagawa

THE PASTOR AND THE RACE ISSUE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author takes as his thesis the point that pastoral care of souls in contemporary American society cannot be carried out with an emancipation of people from racism. Racial attitudes have become a kind of second nature to most Americans. The task of the pastor, therefore, is not the improvement of race relations pre se, but to work for the eradication of racial prejudice as a symptom of basic human sinfulness. This thesis is developed in a series of chapters that include an examination of Christian preaching on the race issue, a Theology of race, Pastoral counseling on race, Christian action on race, and others. While the discussion is helpful, it cannot be said to be deep or especially new. The expectations aroused by the author significant thesis are not fully satisfied. The book may introduce a new perspective on the responsibility of the clergy towards the race issue, however, and in this way, serves a useful purpose.

Publisher: Seabury