Reggie Williams is an Assistant Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. Williams’ book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic, published by Baylor University Press, examines the impact of exposure to Christianity in the Harlem during, the Harlem Renaissance, on the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was killed by the Nazis in 1945 for his activism against them. Dr. Williams’ current work continues to focus on the Harlem Renaissance by analysis of the intersection of race and religion in the work of Harlem Renaissance intellectuals, examining the figure of the human as calibrated in the Western world, as a problem for Christian Ethics. The Harlem Renaissance introduces a means to know black life differently than what is presented by white supremacy, and opens a different reality than what white supremacy offers the world.
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