A Black Theological Response to Race-Based Medicine: Reconciliation in Minority Communities

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The harm race-based medicine inflicts on minority bodies through race-based experimentation and the false solutions a race-based drug ensues within minority communities provokes concern. Such areas analyze the minority patient in a physical proxy. Though the mind and body are important entities, we cannot forget about the spirit. Healing is not just a physical practice; it includes spiritual practice. Efficient medicine includes the holistic elements of the mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, the spiritual discipline of black theology can be used as a tool to mend the harms of race-based medicine. It can be an avenue of research to further particular concerns for justice in medical care. Such theology contributes to the discussion of race-based medicine indicating the need for the voice, participation, and interdependence of minorities. Black theology can be used as a tool of healing and empowerment for health equity and awareness by exploring black theology’s response to race-based medicine, analyzing race in biblical literature, using biblical literature as a tool for minority patient empowerment, building on past and current black church health advocacy with personal leadership in health advocacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1110
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • African-American health
  • Black church
  • Medical ethics
  • Race and scripture
  • Race-based medicine
  • Religion and medicine


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