Abstract

PRECIS:

There is hardly any disagreement in calling racism evil, but how can we express this theologically when racism reaches beyond personal, individual acts to a pre-existing, all- encompassing system? In Catholic theology, language of sin does not relate to the reality of systematic racism. Th is essay proposes recovering an understanding of ritual purity that lies at the root of the Christian tradition. While Christian theology has never been entirely comfortable with language of purity, the historical and sociological elements help explain the mechanisms by which systematic racism functions as a structure of sin.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2162-3937
Print ISSN
0022-0558
Pages
pp. 46-62
Launched on MUSE
2020-04-08
Open Access
No
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