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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

How to Rightly Divide American Christianity

Social Science
Who Counts? How to Rightly Divide American Christianity
The academy's debate over black church differences is more than a numbers game.
Ted Olsen
‘I’m not trying to be argumentative, but there are obvious differences,” says Jason Shelton, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Arlington. He repeats his concern: “I don’t want to be provocative.”
Shelton, 42, grew up in the black church in the 1980s and ’90s. Now he’s quickly becoming one of its most prominent researchers. In 2012 he wrote (with Michael O. Emerson) a widely praised book on how black and white American Christians differ from ...
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