The Social Gospel is an ethical text that has been foundational for Western Civilization. This course explores its content and its variable enactment, leading to a rebuttable presumption: Jesus would have been more at home with a hunting and gathering band than in suburban Christian America. Is this so? And, if so, so what? MSC
Suggested Book: Richard Katz, Boiling Energy: Community Healing among the Kalihari Kung, ISBN 978-0674077362; also a paper to be handed out to the class, “Sarah’s Story: A Case Study of Religious Conversion.”
Steve Piker is an anthropologist who taught 44 years at Swarthmore College. Since his retirement, he’s spent several years teaching at three senior colleges. Religion has long been a research and teaching interest.