P647W We the People, the Body of Christ: Rights, Rites, and Identity Politics

This course will explore notions of belonging through the lenses of birth and baptism in colonial America.  Particular attention will be given to the institution of slavery and the theological arguments for and against it within the church.  In addition to the Bible, students will engage various primary sources (narratives of enslaved people of African descent, colonial law, congressional records, minutes from church meetings, correspondence) to understand the development of both theological and legal thought with respect to “who belongs” and how those thoughts are reflected in current political and ecclesial contexts.

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