Sep 24, 2021  
2019-2020 University Bulletin 
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THEO 247 - Christianity and Slavery: Redemption through Resistance

3 hours
The practice of slavery, both with its ancient origins and its stubborn persistence today, raises deep and often disturbing questions for theology and theologians.  How, for instance, could Christianity so long condone and even justify the enslavement of fellow human beings, and yet also fuel the fires of abolitionist movements, change the hearts of slave traders, and bring meaning and hope to those enslaved? How are slavery and release from slavery related to such theologically challenging topics as understandings of the human; sin, grace, and redemption; the problem of evil; and the hope for an eternally joyful life? Through examination of scripture and other readings, film, and song (“spirituals”), this course pursues questions of this kind. While the major focus is the Christian tradition, brief comparisons with Islamic attitudes towards slavery will highlight the interreligious and truly global extent of this profound theological problem.

Listed also as BWS 247  

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in theology.

This course will satisfy the core requirement in multicultural studies.

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