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Religious Studies (RL ST)

RL ST 145 (GH;US;IL) (AF AM 145) African American Religions and Spirituality (3) History and significance of the religious dimension of the Black American struggle for equality from enslavement to the contemporary period.

RL ST(AF AM) 145 African American Religions and Spirituality (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course is an introduction to African American religion in the U.S. We will investigate the history and significance of the religious dimension of African American life and culture. We will also examine the demographics of race and religious experience. African Americans (I also use the term Black American) have many different religious backgrounds including Protestant, Catholic, Moslem, and others, which are examined in this course. However, since well over 90% of Blacks who have a religious experience and organization are Christian, the history of the Black Christian
church and Blacks in the Christian churches in the United States will occupy most of our study. This course will also examine the theological backgrounds of the Black church from the basic Christian documents in the New Testament, to the most widely known Black theologians and the development of "black liberation theology," one of Christian theology's most important contributions. The theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be
of particular concern.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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