ERIC Number: EJ870864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
We Live to Create Dissonance: Is It Possible to Be a Christian and Racist?
Ford, Theron N.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v30 n2 p103-111 Aug 2009
Confronted with the reality of the limited exposure to human diversity among their students at two Christian universities, two African American professors relate their efforts to prepare students to teach in the twenty-first century. This article is a reflective report on the strategies and events that occurred as a result of challenging students' long-held beliefs and attitudes. Strategies were deliberately provocative and disturbing, intended to create dissonance within the students related to Christian ideals and perceptions of non-European Americans. Ultimately, students confronted the question: "Is it possible to be a Christian and racist?"
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Racial Identification, Christianity, African Americans, College Faculty, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Beliefs, Racial Bias, Intercultural Communication, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education, Psychological Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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