SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Who Will Be a Witness: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance

Herald Pr. Sept. 2020. 276p. ISBN 9781513806587. pap. $18.95. REL
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Hart (Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism) creates a dialog for churches seeking to become vehicles for meaningful social and political change. The author builds a framework with enlightening historic context regarding the evolution of American Christianity, and how it often mirrors the nation’s power structure and policies. He asks readers to consider how and why Christianity has been weaponized throughout history, and how various groups have used religion as a tool of oppression and violence. Using a combination of theology and historical anecdotes, Hart calls for gaining a deeper understanding of the principles of Jesus and a stronger grasp of religious history in general. He demonstrates how churches can pivot by embracing scripture and being a witness. While the text is rich in biblical scholarship, the author expertly intersperses his story as a Black theologian, Anabaptist minister, and social justice leader to keep general readers engaged without overwhelming them. Bibliographic references are vast; a notes section is provided for further reading.
VERDICT For church leaders and congregants interested in the intersection of social justice issues, scripture, and the ministry.

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