Liberation Theology and Pentecostalism in the Americas and Africa|
This course tackles the question: If liberation theology advocates a preferential option for the poor, why do the poor in the Americas often choose a preferential option for evangelical Protestantism? We will examine how liberation theology offers those concerned with human rights a moral compass for future action. For liberation theology, "the poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order" (Guiterrez, 1983). Indeed, liberation theology has been a powerful influence in many human rights movements in the Americas, from the Sandinista revolution to social movements in grassroots Brazil and Haiti. In contrast, for evangelical Christianity, the largest-growing religious movement in the Americans today, the common good is a by-product of the righteous lives of believers as they enact the outward signs of personal salvation. This course examines both religious thought and analysis of various Christianities of the Americas, with particular attention to the ways religious thinkers and communities grapple with and resolve questions of human rights, evangelizing, and structural inequalities that arise in the recent era of globalization and neoliberal capitalism. Other topics will include the prosperity gospel, gender and machismo, and spiritual warfare. Case studies will include readings on Colorado Springs, U.S.; Colombia; Brazil; Haiti; and Nigeria.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(LAST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jenkins, THE NEXT CHRISTENDOM
Farmer, PATHOLOGIES OF POWER
Vasquez, THE BRAZILIAN POPULAR CHURCH
Wagner, BREAKING STRONGHOLDS IN YOUR CITY
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly Response papers, active participation in discussion, and a final 15-20 page research paper are the course requirements.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Thematic Approaches" OR "Historical Tradition" Religion department requirement.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC104; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 5||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 0|