PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—A JEWISH BOY MEETS THE SAMARITANS, THEN PETER AND PAUL AT ANTIOCH (Part 2)
By Dr. Sylvan. Lashley–Principal, Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy
We all have unconscious or implicit biases where prejudices, attitudes and beliefs exist outside of our consciousness and control. We can overtly and explicitly express a great liking for a group or its actions even if unconsciously biased against that group, an implicit bias. From the early times of the Biblical Samaritan stories to the present research at Harvard University with the Implicit Association Tests, we have all made strenuous efforts to become more aware of our biases. The work of Christian Seventh-day education is to bring those implicit biases to the surface into explicit disclosure so that we can deal with them towards Christian awareness and loving action, for the work of education and redemption is ONE work. This two part series presents Part I, the story of a Jewish boy and his preparation for the bar mitzvah, and Part II, the experiences of Peter and Paul at Antioch with the challenges of implicit bias when the Jewish boy meets them again.