Central Seminary Statement on Diversity

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The modern concept of race, comprising such phenotypical traits as skin and eye color, hair texture, and facial structure, is unknown in the Bible. The lack of any authoritative, biblical definition of race renders theological conversation about racial diversity incoherent. Some questions about race can be discussed under the category of ethnicity and others under the rubric of culture. In any event, the Bible provides no warrant for either impediment or advancement based on the phenotypical traits that typify racial constructs. Central Seminary shares the aspiration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I couldn't have said it better myself.