Open to DMin and masters-level students.
In our recent politically and racially charged moment in history, many have used short statements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for proof-texting already held racial and political presuppositions. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall has written, “endlessly reproduced and selectively quoted, [King’s] speeches retain their majesty yet lose their political bite.” Thus, King’s message, unpopular in his own time, has been tamed and sanitized by many in order to squelch his aggressive and uncompromising demands for justice and equality. This course, by reading King himself, will disabuse students of familiar King tropes and give a sense of who this man was and his actual thought concerning Christian social ethics and social activism. Further, this course asks, how can we apply today King’s own theology and ethic in our current political climate.
Dates: February 1 through May 7; Synchronous sessions Fridays 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, and 5/7 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Instructor: Nathanial Warne
Notes: Previous theology or ethics course preferred. Due to the nature of this course, enrollment will be limited to 12 students.
Course number: CC/HT 558/658