Resisting Apartheid America: Living the Badass Gospel


Miguel De La Torre foresees a future America dominated by white nationalists—and equips us with the tools to resist it.

In Burying White Privilege, he opened our eyes to white Christians’ complicity in maintaining racist hierarchy in America. In its sequel, Decolonizing Christianity, he encouraged us to decolonize Christianity and return it to its revolutionary roots. Now, in his conclusion to the trilogy, Miguel A. De La Torre shows us the America on our horizon, should we continue down the path of heretical white Christianity—and the outlook is not bright.

Resisting Apartheid America assesses the past and present threads of systemic racism in American politics, from Plymouth Rock to the Capitol on January 6. Sweeping and unsparing in his critique, De La Torre takes on authors revered in Christian theology, including Paul, Augustine, and heroes of the Reformation, aiming to uproot the ideological foundations of racism in Christianity. Following these through lines of oppression, he warns of a decline in democracy and rise in political violence—but equips us with the nonviolent ethical framework to resist this bleak future. Resisting Apartheid America is a clarion call to Christians to remake America in the image of the God of liberation.

Table of Contents

1. Eurochristianity—America’s Greatest Threat
2. The Reestablishment of an Apartheid America
3. An Apartheid Eurochristian Genealogy
4. Celebrating Ignorance
5. Becoming Un-American
6. Playing the Prophet


“There’s no room for white supremacy in heaven. This and other truths in Miguel De La Torre’s latest book are a must read! His historical study and contemporary analysis are sobering but necessary especially for anyone with ears to hear the good news of liberation and resistance from those marginalized by systemic racism and genocide.”
—Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, director of the Kairos Center for Religion, Rights and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary


“Miguel A. De La Torre’s Resisting Apartheid America: Living the Badass Gospel offers an illuminating theological and ethical analysis of racism, inspiring a faith-rooted movement to lean into a prophetic intercultural future. When we fight for racial justice, we bear courageous witness to the true revolutionary vision of Jesús.”
— Rev. Dr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, visiting researcher, Boston University School of Theology 


“In his distinctive and rigorous way, De La Torre gives us a provocative analysis of white Christian nationalism, which shows its face in sectarianism, religious chauvinism, social oppression, and political violence. And we are challenged to live out a different type of Christian faith that is courageous, turns away from death-dealing theologies, and works for true freedom.”
—Rev. Dr. Edwin David Aponte, dean of Drew Theological School, Drew University


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