U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) Theologies

REL657
Fall 2016
W 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

In the United States, feminist and African-American/Black theologies have received much deserved recognition for their original contributions to the task of theological construction.  However, it is necessary to note that right alongside these liberation theologies, though with less publicity until recently, Latino and Latina theologians have been developing a distinctive form of contextual and liberation theology written from the perspective of their lives in the United States.  Although influenced in certain respects by the mode of liberation theology that emerged in Latin America, and also by feminist and African American/Black liberationist theologies in the United States, these theologians have created an inimitable theological expression that has sought to analyze the existential conditions of U.S. Hispanic American life and to rethink Christian thought and practice in the light of them.  This course examines their theological expression, offering an overview of the historical development, main academic theologians, core themes and methods, and the promise and challenge of U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) theology in the process.

Background Expected: 

No previous background expected.

Course Requirements: 

1.      Punctual attendance

2.      Weekly One-page reading reflection papers

3.      A Final Paper

Basis of Evaluation: 

Regular grading is the default method for evaluation in this course.  However, students may choose to switch to

a credit/non-credit format at the beginning of the term.