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MLET449INT African American Non-theistic Humanist Theology

Theology involves a mode of exploring and unpacking human experience labeled “religious,” and this can be done in ways that do not necessitate the over aching category of the divine. Related to this, the course frames the “religious” as involving the quest for complex subjectivity, or the wrestling the existential and ontological challenges related to the questions of who, when, where, why, and what we are. Mindful of this basic understanding of theology and religion, we will explore the history and content of African American Non-theistic Humanist Theology;  develop a working understanding of key elements structuring this form of theological discourse; and work through the challenges of this theologizing for practices of ministry broadly conceived.