Western Images of Others and Otherness
This chapter draws on McGrane (1989), and looks at some of the historical forces that have shaped how Europeans and North Americans have viewed Others over the past few centuries and how these perceptions have led to the racism that now plagues the societies. Then, it examines the ways to change the perceptions of Others to build bridges of understanding and love between them. The focus is placed on the common humanity, the oneness found in Christ, and the mandate to welcome Others, to serve, to seek reconciliation, and to tear down walls that divide.
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