The Social Gospel of Jesus: Deep Human History

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.”

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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.

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