Homogeneity in Christian congregations provides a unique opportunity to indirectly examine prejudice and color-blind racism. Although Christianity holds progressive beliefs regarding social injustice, persistent beliefs about individual free will offers a potential contradiction in how a practitioner approaches the idea of racial equality. In this study, the authors examine how religious affiliation might shape one’s perceptions of Black persons by examining colorblind racism. Using 2016 General Social Survey data and difference of means and Pearson correlation analysis, the researchers find a significant correlation in survey respondents identifying as being Christian and believing Black persons have a lack of will power. Findings also indicate a correlation in respondents identifying as being a Christian and believing economic differences between Black persons and White persons are not the result of discrimination. This study provides a useful opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-world examples.
Applegate, Jaycob S. and Maples, James N.
"Finding and Explaining Discrepancies in Beliefs and Actions: Understanding Implicit Racism in Christianity,"
Gettysburg Social Sciences Review: Vol. 5:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://cupola.gettysburg.edu/gssr/vol5/iss1/2