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This course explores the origins, development, and major themes of Black and Womanist theologies as contemporary theological movements that emerged in the United States in the late 20th century.
The major focus of the course is a critical examination of the mutual critique and dialogue between Black and Womanist
theologies. Specific attention is given to how the issues of gender, race, and class inform the tensions between and the construction of each theological perspective. Tensions within Black and Womanist theologies are also addressed along with the way they have engaged, challenged, and been challenged by various theological perspectives in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students confront the question: What do both of these theologies have to say to each other about Christianity, culture, politics and social reality in today’s world?