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America's Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics

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America's Unholy Ghosts examines the DNA of the ideologies that shape our nation, ideologies that are as American as apple pie but that too often justify and perpetuate racist ideas and racial inequalities. MLK challenged us to investigate the "ideational roots of race hate" and Ghosts does just that by examining a philosophical "trinity"--Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Ad ...more
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Published March 22nd 2019 by Cascade Books
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Temeika Beasley - Spruiells
Since President Trump took office, an absorbent amount of literature sprouted up to explain the problem with white folk. Joel Goza, in his first book America's Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics is another book that aims to illustrate how critical Enlightenment thinkers, cultivated an ideology rife with self-preservation, materialism, and indifference over two-hundred years to produce the environment of oppression and demoralization of black and brown people in the United ...more
Jasonlylescampbell
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Goza takes us back to foundational thinkers of Western Civilization and specifically those who are the roots from which the American experiment begins: Thomas Hobbes; John Locke and Adam Smith. Specifically, Goza wants to know what they said about slavery and what they say about the Bible. Smith is a little different from Locke and Hobbes, but the older thinkers essentially use reason to reduce the Bible to formula and a means of control/order.

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Most people know the quo
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Marty Troyer
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a powerful tool in your fight against racism! This is sharp stuff, and scathing, yet always practical. I found it profoundly helpful to have laid out before me how deeply race and racism are intertwined into the DNA of America. He unmasks the "unholy Trinity" of Hobbes, Locke, and Smith, along with their 3 political lies and 3 religious lies. This book is prophetic and poetic, but it has a refreshing preacher's cadence.

Don't be turned off by the heavy topic or because it's primarily
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KERI LYN JOHNSON
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The South is a far cry from my bubble of the Bay Area. Or maybe I was lucky to be raised with the family and friends I did? Still so much work to do, both personally and as a nation, to be open to learning and loving.
Dondra
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Mike
Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have real mixed thoughts on this book. Goza makes a few good points, but for the most part, the book functions as an apologetic for Evangelical Christianity. Goza's main argument is that Enlightenment thinkers, Hobbes, Locke, and Smith (but especially Hobbes) are at fault for the White Evangelical Christian racist viewpoints. They have been duped. Their theology has nothing to do with it. Wishing to maintain hold on power has nothing to do with it. They are really "virtually" innocent victims ...more
Rick Lee Lee James
Powerful and Timely

This except from the book itself my be the highest recommendation that I can give it...

“For a long time the term patriotism seemed so broken and abused, so tied to a hardhearted nationalism, that it was difficult for me to employ. After studying the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for our nation in times of domestic war, I began seeing that if patriotism is to love your neighbors and enemies within your community, your city, and your nation, and if there is no greater
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