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Black Church Studies

BSK offers both a graduate certificate and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) with a concentration in Black Church Studies.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

INT 2503: Introduction to Black Church Studies (Required for BCS Concentration and BCS Certificate)

This course begins with an introduction and comprehensive structural approach to Black Church Studies. Questions include, what is Black Church Studies and its relation to Black Studies? What are the disciplines that inform Black Church Studies? The substance of the course provides a historical and theological study of African American Christianity exploring slave religion, the origins of black churches, the black church during Jim Crow and the freedom struggle, the post-Civil Rights black church, the black church and the academy, the emergence of Pentecostalism, and the importance of African American women to the black church.

INT 2633: The Life and Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Approved Elective for BCS Concentration and BCS Certificate)

This course will explore the theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., viewing King as a major Christian theologian, not just a Civil Rights leader. The first part of the course will provide a historical overview of slavery and segregation in America and their intersection with King’s work in the Civil Rights Movement that helps student to understand the contours of King’s thought as it evolves from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. The second part of the course will examine the influences on his thought such as the prophetic tradition in Scripture, the Protestant Liberal tradition, the African American Baptist tradition, and black nationalist thinking. We will also interrogate his legacy today and its implications for church and society.

MDIV CONCENTRATION

INT 2503: Introduction to Black Church Studies (Required for BCS Concentration and BCS Certificate)

This course begins with an introduction and comprehensive structural approach to Black Church Studies. Questions include, what is Black Church Studies and its relation to Black Studies? What are the disciplines that inform Black Church Studies? The substance of the course provides a historical and theological study of African American Christianity exploring slave religion, the origins of black churches, the black church during Jim Crow and the freedom struggle, the post-Civil Rights black church, the black church and the academy, the emergence of Pentecostalism, and the importance of African American women to the black church.

INT 2633: The Life and Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Approved Elective for BCS Concentration and BCS Certificate)

This course will explore the theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., viewing King as a major Christian theologian, not just a Civil Rights leader. The first part of the course will provide a historical overview of slavery and segregation in America and their intersection with King’s work in the Civil Rights Movement that helps student to understand the contours of King’s thought as it evolves from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. The second part of the course will examine the influences on his thought such as the prophetic tradition in Scripture, the Protestant Liberal tradition, the African American Baptist tradition, and black nationalist thinking. We will also interrogate his legacy today and its implications for church and society.

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