Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 127

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE Whether you are ready for it or not, Harvey has produced a challenging and well-constructed argument for moving from a “reconciliation paradigm” to a “reparations paradigm” as way to get some traction on healing the pain caused by the sins of white supremacy and slavery. If you are white, it will likely disturb you. The topic of reparations is a divisive subject, and many whites have run from acknowledging our responsibility in healing divisions. But we should not run from this message that we need to contend with: “White Christians need to take the counterintuitive risk of actually letting go of the reconciliation paradigm . . . even as the state of being reconciled continues to be the vision of what the just and transformed racial communities for which we long look like” (7). Harvey is unwavering in her demonstration that a reconciliation paradigm has failed. However, she has not failed in convincing me that white Christians need to take uncomfortable steps and a commitment to repairing the damage for which we are responsible. Chris Cleaver Multnomah University 126