The Category 'Christian' as a New Race

Theological and Sociological Examinations of the Structure and Practice of the Common Humanity


  • John Cheong


The word and category “Christian” have traditionally signified people with religious faith or links to the God of the Bible and the worship thereof. Besides its spiritual significance, the use and understanding of “Christian” in the early church, and its encounters in mission have been tied to struggles to reconcile racial and ethnic groups into a unified identity and community in Christ. This article analyzes the theological and sociological dimensions of the term with regard to the meaning of race to show how the “Christian” is a valid and distinct type of race with real-world implications of living out this life as one humanity and community in Christ.