In this video Encounter, Yii-Jan Lin creatively interprets John 1:1 to offer a new way of seeing race in our culture.
Yii-Jan Lin is Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She received her PhD in religious studies from Yale University in 2014. In her monograph, The Erotic Life of Manuscripts (Oxford University Press), she explores the relationship between NT textual criticism and the biological sciences, beginning in the 18th century. In particular, she explores how the metaphors of race, family, evolution, and genetic inheritance have shaped the goals and assumptions of the field. Other research areas include gender, especially ancient constructions of masculinity, sexuality, and literary theory.
This poem offers a reflection on how the way we look influences how we see ourselves. But it also shows how God influences that way of seeing.
One of the best spiritually-infused action is to prayer about issues surrounding race. Here are some prayer suggestions.