Fall 2000 Ms. Darling-Smith
Office--Knapton 101, ex. 3693
Office hoursM 2:00-2:30, Tuesdays, 2:00-4:50 p.m
T 1:30-2:00, W 2:00-2:30, F 11:00-11:30, and by appointment
Theology is rational reflection upon faith; liberation theology is reflection by people of faith who find themselves in situations of oppression. In this course we will read the writings of Third World people, African-American women and men, and white women, which describe their struggles to see how Christian and Jewish teachings relate to liberation from oppression and their search for resources within the Christian and Jewish faiths to subvert the status quo.
1. Regular attendance and participation in class discussions (30% of grade). You will be graded on the quantity and quality of your participation. The class format will rely on class discussion, so your participation is essential. (And attendance is essential because you can't participate if you're not there!) Class discussion will be based on the assigned readings. Please bring to each class three questions for discussion based on your reading. Also, during this semester, please bring into the class discussions relevant items from outside this class which combine questions of religious faith and class, race, or gender.
2. Research paper on some aspect of or movement within liberation theology, with the following components:
3. Two of the following three reviews:
(15% of grade).
b. Three-page review of an essay or chapter by a different African-American liberation theologian, comparing the supplementary reading to primary texts, due November 7 (15% of grade).
c. Three-page review of an essay or chapter by a feminist or womanist theologian, comparing the supplementary reading to primary texts, due December 5 (15% of grade).
NOTE: Due dates are firm. Late assignments will be marked down a full letter grade.
Robert McAfee Brown Liberation Theology
Gustavo Gutiérrez A Theology of Liberation (revised edition)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Stride Toward Freedom ON RESERVE
James H. Cone A Black Theology of Liberation (1990 edition)
Judith Plaskow & Carol Christ, eds. Weaving the Visions
Chung Hyun Kung Struggle to Be the Sun Again
SEP INTRODUCTION, GENERAL OVERVIEW, AND THIRD WORLD
12 Cardenal, Intro + chs. 1-5
19 Cardenal, chs. 6-12; Brown, entire book; Gutiérrez, Introductions
26 Gutiérrez, Parts 1-3
OCT 3 Gutiérrez, Part 4; Review of essay due
OCTOBER BREAK; NO CLASS
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY
17 King, entire book
24 Video, The Long Walk Home
31 Cone, Prefaces, Foreword, chs. 1-5; Annotated bibliography due
NOV 7 Cone, ch. 7; Review of essay due
CHRISTIAN FEMINIST THEOLOGY
14 Plaskow & Christ, pp. 29-38 + 163-69; 139-62 + 292-301; 214-25 + 235-43
Chung, entire book; Outline due; oral presentations
CHRISTIAN WOMANIST THEOLOGY
Plaskow & Christ, pp. 101-4 + 281-92; Williams handout; Cone, ch. 1
JEWISH FEMINIST THEOLOGY
DEC 5 Plaskow & Christ, pp. 39-50 +128-38 + 187-98; Review of essay due
12 CONCLUSIONS; Research paper due