Christian Privilege: Breaking a Sacred Taboo

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  • Lewis Z. Schlosser

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    • Lewis Z. Schlosser, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park. Lewis Z. Schlosser is now in the Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center. The author thanks Kimberly Schlosser for support throughout the challenge of writing this article and also thanks Bill Sedlacek, Julie Goldberg, and Tim Davis for their helpful comments on earlier drafts. A portion of this article was presented at the eighth annual Retention 2000 Conference on November 17, 1999, at the University of Maryland.


Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 E. 68th Street, Boc 147, New York, NY 10021 (e-mail: les9022@nyp.org).

Abstract

The author discusses the concept of privilege in terms of the benefits enjoyed by Whites and men (P. McIntosh, 1998). This article presents a new theoretical perspective focusing on religious privilege and includes a list of privileges that are enjoyed by members of the dominant religious group (i.e., Christians) in the United States.

El autor discute el concepto del privilegio en cuanto a los beneficios que disfrutan los Blancos y los hombres (P. McIntosh, 1998). Este artículo presenta una nueva perspectiva teorética que enfoca al privilegio religioso e incluye una lista de privilegios que disfrutan miembros del grupo religioso dominante de los Estados Unidos, los cristianos.

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