This course serves as an introduction to the theology, social ethics, and history of evangelicalism in the United States. One of the most influential and commonly misunderstood religious movements in contemporary U.S. American life, evangelicalism is neither as monolithic nor as singular as it is often portrayed. With an internal diversity that belies its most popular, influential, and homogenous public representatives, evangelicalism has always included an astounding array of competing (and oftentimes conflicting) theological traditions. In the interest of equipping faith leaders with the ability to speak prophetically into the contemporary religious landscape, this course begins asking questions such as: What is evangelicalism? What is it like and where did it come from? Who are "the evangelicals"? What does (and doesn't) "count" as evangelical?
- Professor: Isaac Sharp