The Department of Theology is expanding its offerings by two this year, with a new course on The Religious Thought of Martin Luther King Jr. and a course on African Religions.
In the King course, the life and legacy of King is examined, as well as the intellectual influences on his life and theology from such religious and theological thinkers as Gandhi, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich and others. The course stresses how students can use King’s legacy to promote activism on campus and in impoverished communities.
The African Religions course begins by exploring the religion of ancient Egypt and ends by discussing contemporary African religions such as Yoruba and Vodun. It also addresses the religious sensibilities of indigenous African cultures throughout the world.