Christology & Culture - SYS7001

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James PerkinsonProfessor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

This course looks at the way culture was adapted by Jesus to galvanize a peasant resistance movement in Palestine, how the creativity went urban and outlaw under Paul, became bardic and monastic with the Iris, adopted griot features in slavery, shamanic savvy in Brazil, guru-wiles in India, and continues to twist domination into vitality and defiance under the beats and braggadocio of hip-hop today. We will plunge deeply into gospel culture to catch sight of Christology’s powers of folk liberation and probe the possibilities of re-reading the Jesus tradition prophetically today to address white-on-black violence, ruthless gentrification, and apocalyptic climate change.