Ambitious evangelicals want to reach the city—a dynamic place filled with connotations of fashion, power, and cosmopolitanism. But the desire of evangelical churches to be relevant and racially diverse is colliding with the implicit racism still underlying their history. Drawing from observations in a multiracial evangelical church in downtown Chicago, The Urban Church Imagined reveals how modern evangelicalism is deeply entangled in the desire for contemporary relevance while persisting in racial prejudices and outright discrimination.
—Gerardo Marti, author of A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church
"The City Imagined expertly takes us into the heart of 'new urban' Christianity, a Christianity reflecting a renewed interest in the city, but a city highly constructed to serve idealized purposes. With richness of analysis and deep insight, we learn about the very heart of new America--the good, the bad, and the ugly. A fascinating read."
—Michael O. Emerson, Provost and Professor, North Park University and author of Blacks and Whites in Christian America
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