07.16.18

People to Know: Dr. George Yancey

With our “People to Know” feature, we hope to bring onto the porch introductory information about pastors, leaders, scholars, advocates and practitioners whose work and ministry ought to be read widely by the Church.

In this edition, we feature Dr. George Yancey, professor and director of the research program in the sociology department at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he also serves with the UNT Institute of Christian Studies. George Yancey (with an “e” in Yancey) is not to be confused with another professor named George Yancy (without the “e”). You can read more about Yancey’s journey here.

Dr. Yancey’s research interests include: Christian studies, science, knowledge, religion, race relations, interracial unions, multiracial churches. Most recently, Dr. Yancey has explored anti-Christian bias among some groups. Here’s a brief written interview and a video interview on these themes with Marvin Olasky at World Magazine. Christianity Today called him” the only researcher studying Christianophobia at a secular university.”

Here’s Dr. Yancey at Covenant College answering the question, “Is There a Christian Solution for Racial Problems?”

Dr. Yancey writes prolifically, as his list of published books attests:

Books on anti-Christian bias:

Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education (Baylor University Press, 2017)

Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias (IVP, 2015)

So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? (with David A. Williamson, Rowan & Littlefield, 2014)

Dehumanizing Christians: Cultural Competition in a Multicultural World (Transaction Publishers, 2013)

David A. Williamson and George A. Yancey, There Is No God: Atheists in America (Rowan & Littlefield, 2013)

George A. Yancey and David A. Williamson, What Motivates Cultural Progressives? Understanding Opposition to the Political and Christian Right (Baylor University Press, 2012)

Books on race, racism, reconciliation and multi-ethnic churches:

Michael O. Emerson and George Yancey, Transcending Racial Barriers: Toward a Mutual Obligations Approach (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Neither Jew Nor Gentile: Exploring Issues of Racial Diversity on Protestant College Campuses (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility (IVP, 2009)

One Body, One Spirit: Principles of Successful Multiracial Churches (IVP, 2009)

Dr. Yancey may be one of the few people thinking carefully about the intersection of Christianity, racial reconciliation and unity, the local church, and persecution or anti-Christian bias in a secular academic institution.

Here is Dr. Yancey addressing anti-Christian bias at The Areopagus:

If you don’t know Dr. Yancey’s work, you owe it to yourself to dig into it. He’s a brilliant brother with a lot to offer the Christian Church and world!

Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti Anyabwile serves as a pastor of Anacostia River Church (Washington DC). He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters and one son. Holler at him on Twitter: @ThabitiAnyabwil

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