Christianity and Globalization (FYS)|
This course focuses on recent developments in global Christianity. We will look at various interlinked dynamics: the rise of spirit-filled Evangelicalism, especially Pentecostalism, faith-based humanitarianism, child-sponsorship programs, and themes of militarism such as spiritual warfare. We will pay attention to the role of U.S. power in the world and how the narratives that various Protestant Christians tell through their writings and media shape life across international spaces. We will sample a variety of methods in how one studies the field of Christianity. These will include historical, sociological, and anthropological methods, all of which challenge traditional scholarly accounts (meaning those in the field of church history) in order to expand our understandings of Christianity in the modern period.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selections of the following:
Erica Bornstein, THE SPIRIT OF DEVELOPMENT: PROTESTANT NGOS, MORALITY, AND ECONOMICS IN ZIMBABWE. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Elizabeth Brusco, THE REFORMATION OF MACHISMO Austin: U of Texas Press, 1995.
Lauren Kerby, SAVING HISTORY: HOW WHITE EVANGELICALS TOUR THE NATION¿S CAPITAL AND REDEEM A CHRISTIAN AMERICA. UNC Press, 2020
Corrina Laughlin, REDEEM ALL: HOW DIGITAL LIFE IS CHANGING EVANGELICAL CULTURE. U CA Press, 2021
Kevin Lewis O'Neil, CITY OF GOD: CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP IN POSTWAR GUATEMALA. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
Robert Wuthnow, "The Era of Faith-based NGOs" in BOUNDLESS FAITH: THE GLOBAL OUTREACH OF AMERICAN CHURCHES. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly Response papers, active participation in discussion, one class opening presentation, one missionary website review, and a final 15-20 page research paper (or a series of research memos in a dossier) are the course requirements.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Thematic Approach" OR "Historical Tradition" requirement for the Religion major.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Times: .M.W... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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