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THEO 2800 Race, Freedom, and the Bible in America (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Discourse about American identity, purpose, and ethics has drawn on Scripture for its themes, terms, and claims to authority, from the nation's political genesis as a refuge for English Puritans to its current incarnation as "secular sanctuary" of ethnic and religious pluralism. This team-taught course surveys uses of the Bible and other "American Scriptures" in discourse on race and civil rights, focusing on its use by political opponents. Assigned readings, essays, and discussions will survey specific meanings that scriptures have acquired at critical historical moments, and what the multiplication of interpreters, methods, and meanings implies for prospects for unity.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Joel Kemp and Yonder Gillihan

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 27-Feb-17