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LTR 5301 The American Religious ExperienceThis course examines key features of the American religious experience. It notes the interplay between culture and religion in the formation of distinctively American attitudes; and considers the public role of religion in American life. Beyond this, the course explores regional differences of religious expression as well as the religious experiences of the Native Americans, Protestants, Catholics, the Black Church, Jews, Hispanics, women, and new religious movements. An important purpose of the course is to prepare students for the practice of ministry in the United States. 3 credits. Dr. Mickler or Dr. McLeod.
LTR 5302 History of the Black Church in America
Through a descriptive and evaluative study of its history, beginning with its African roots, students will arrive at a clear understanding of the dynamics of the Black Church in America. The influence of mainline denominations on the Black Church will be studied. Students will then have the opportunity to further explore the development of their local church in light of the understandings developed in the course. 2 credits. Dr. Hickman.
LTR 5303 Contemporary Christian DenominationsThis course prepares the student for dialogue with Christian clergy. Major Christian traditions are examined, including: Roman Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Pentecostal. Each tradition is presented in terms of its history and current position on theological issues. Points of contact and conflict with Unificationism will be explored. 2 credits. Dr. Seidel.
LTR 5305 African-American Religious History of HarlemThis course traces the rise and flowering of Harlem as the leading African-American city in the United States, and one of the leading world centers of African culture. From the arrival of the first African-Americans in the late 1800s, through the Harlem Renaissance, and until today, Harlem has exerted and continues to exert a powerful influence on the African-American and world African culture and religions. The course is intended to help students explore the religious history of this fascinating neighborhood. 3 credits. Dr. Brown.