Slavery and Obedience

REL679
Fall 2016
W 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course considers the theological architecture of Christian obedience. We will examine obedience in relation to its historic social couplet – slavery. Slavery, especially in its modernist reformulation from the 15th century forward, framed the problems of Christian obedience with great urgency. The articulation of Christian obedience is plagued with two problems, problems of identity (Who obeys whom?) and problems of time (What is the relation of ancient forms and regimes of obedience to current forms and regimes of obedience?). These two problems build from a more basic theological challenge of articulation – what is the relation between the obedience of Jesus and our obedience? Our goal in this course will be to formulate a theology of obedience that is attuned to questions of gendered and racial identities and history, as well as the ongoing realities of slavery’s social and economic echoes. Such a theology would articulate more deeply what it means to be an obedient church.

Background Expected: 

The student should have taken a bible and a theology or ethics course at the master’s level or had at least two courses in bible and two course in theology/ethics at the undergraduate level. 

Course Requirements: 

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Basis of Evaluation: 

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