The Contested Color of Christ

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey detail in The Chronicle Review how the image of Jesus has been made and remade in American history, contrasting the socially colored black Jesus with short hair portrayed in now historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama with that of a replica of Christus, an eleven foot high chiseled all- white marble image of Jesus Christ with long flowing hair adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The writers suggest that this election cycle’s candidates are just as different as these two images of Christ and invite us to examine our ideas about the color of Christ.

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