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The Death of Race

The Distillery Season 2

Stories have the power to shape individual and communal identity. In this episode, Brian Bantum accounts for the ways in which the story of race has constructed a formative social narrative. He points toward the death of race as the way forward and shares stories of hope and embodiment that claim a positive counter-narrative.

The Distillery is a podcast that explores the essential ingredients of book and research projects with experts in their field of study. Learn what motivates their work and why it matters for Christian theology and ministry.

Bantum Brian

Brian Bantum is Associate Professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. A black bi-racial son of Wendy and Joseph, husband of Gail Song, a Korean American pastor, and father to three mixed race children, Brian’s theological questions emerged from a life knit from many communities, their struggles, their transgressions, and their practices of resistance. Writing, teaching, and speaking on theology, embodiment, and Christian life, Bantum asks students to cultivate disruptive spaces of in-between in their lives and calling. His books include Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity and The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World.

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