I’ve started writing a book about Changing the Face of Christianity. I’ll post excerpts here as I go in order to get your feedback before the book is published.
Stereotypes are all around us. We generalize and group people together, and draw conclusions about people before we really get to know them. In a way, stereotypes help us make sense of this world, by being able to predict people’s behavior based on group affiliation or other common denominator such as race, sex, etc. No matter how hard we might try, Stereotypes can’t be escaped.
I say they can’t be escaped because it’s impossible to keep people from forming judgments about one another. However, this doesn’t mean stereotypes can’t be molded or changed over time. Consider a few stereotype examples you are likely familiar with.
No matter how hard we might try, Stereotypes can’t be escaped
What image comes to mind when you hear the word “Politician”? What about “Teenager”? What about “Used Car Salesperson”? What about “Christian”?
Each of these people-groups carries a crystal clear image of what that person or group of people is like. And that image can be positive or negative. Although more often than not, the image is unflattering. That’s a stereotype.
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