Liberation Theology and Pentecostalism in the Americas and Africa|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course tackles the question: If liberation theology advocates a preferential option for the poor, why do the poor in Africa and the Americas often choose evangelical Protestantism? For evangelical Christianity, the common good is a by-product of the righteous lives of believers as they enact the outward signs of personal salvation. This course examines both religious thought and analysis of various Christianities of the Americas and Africa, with particular attention to the ways religious thinkers and communities grapple with and resolve questions of human rights, evangelizing race, and structural inequalities that arise in the recent era of globalization and neoliberal capitalism. Other topics will include the prosperity gospel, the growth of Christian NGOs, gender and machismo, and spiritual warfare. Case studies will include readings on the U.S., Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, and Zimbabwe.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(LAST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Paul Farmer, PATHOLOGIES OF POWER: HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE NEW WAR ON THE POOR
Vasquez, THE BRAZILIAN POPULAR CHURCH AND THE CRISIS OF MODERNITY
Bornsetin, THE SPIRIT OF DEVELOPMENT: PROTESTANT NGOs, MORALITY, AND ECONOMICS IN ZIMBABWE
Brusco, THE REFORMATION OF MACHISMO: EVANGELICAL CONVERSION AND GENDER IN COLOMBIA
Wuthnow, BOUNDLESS FAITH: THE GLOBAL OUTREACH OF AMERICAN CHURCHES
Frederick, BETWEEN SUNDAYS: BLACK WOMEN AND EVERY DAY STRUGGLES OF FAITH
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This course fulfills a "Thematic Approach" OR "Historical Tradition" requirement for the Religion major.