Feb. 9, 10; March 9, 10, 23, 24; April 13, 14.
Beginning with African roots and attentive to historical and cultural factors, this course examines the evolution of African-American religious thought. The course is intended to introduce students to important themes in the history of African-American (thus American) religious experience (i.e. slavery, emancipation, urbanization, the black freedom struggle, consumer culture, class, race, politics, etc.). This course is also designed to examine the emergence of the Black church as an institution with consideration of the issues that the church continues to grapple with in this contemporary moment. Finally, in examining the institutional Black church, attention will, by necessity, be focused on the theology underlying black religious experience.
Instructor: David Latimore