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RST-361-20, African American Christianity, (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Sister Eileen Eppig, SSND, Ph.D.

SCHEDULE: T2/Thursday/6:00-8:45 pm, 03/21/2013-05/09/2013

CONTENT:

This course is an inter-disciplinary study of African American Christianity in the United States, from historical, biblical, and socio-political perspectives.  The course considers the African and slave roots of African American Christianity; its historical, social and political contexts; the centrality of Jesus and the Bible; and the Black Church today.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. An appreciation for the influence of the African Traditional Religions and American slavery on the African American Christian experience.

2. An understanding of the social and political context out of which this experience grew.

3. An understanding of the significance of Jesus and the Bible in the African American experience, historically and in today’s Black Church.

4. An understanding of the Black Church as it exists today.  

METHODS TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES:

1. Reading, critical thinking and class conversation

2. Audio-visual material

3. Interview with an African American elder

4. Black church worship experience

5. Guest Speaker

6. Research paper

REQUIREMENTS and ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Reading and class participation (25%)

2. Interview and two-page report (25%)

3. Black church worship experience and two-page reflection (25%)

4. Final Exam (25%)

This course is web enhanced using Joule. Please contact me if you need directions to log on to Joule. (EEppig@ndm.edu or 410-532-5307). Thank you!

REQUIRED TEXTS:

1. Timothy E. Fulop & Albert J. Raboteau, eds., African-American Religion: Interpretive Essays in History and Culture, NY: Routlege, 1997

2. Readings on Joule

ASSIGNMENT TO BE DONE PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS:

Reading on Joule:

Chapters 1 and 3 from Mechal Sobel, Trabelin’ On: The Slave Journey to an Afro-Baptist Faith, Princeton University Press, 1979.