Religious Studies | American Religion & Politics CANCELLED
R271 | 3876 | Orsi


R271  American Religion & Politics CANCELLED (Orsi) (3 Cr.) MW 11:15-12:30
WY 115

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Women worshipping a male god, black men and women praying to a white god,
slaves practicing the religion of their masters: religious faith is
alienating, an expression and internalization of social arrangements of
power and domination.

Slaves transforming the religion of their masters into an experience and
expression of community hope and history, women appropriating religious
symbols, working class Christians criticizing capitalism with the
teachings of the carpenter messiah:  religious faith is liberating, and
shapes a culture of resistance against domination and repression.

Which of these is the best formulation of the relationship between
religious faith and social power?  This class will explore these questions
by focusing on a number of important moments, movements, and figures in
American religious history.  Topics will include: slave religion, religion
and industrialism, racism and religion, religious traditions of civil
disobedience, the anti-war movement.  Readings will be contemporary and
historical.