Theological Issues in the African American Church

Course Overview

Theological Issues in the African American Church examines topics that directly affect the African-American Church tradition. Topics that will be discussed in this class include:

  • “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?”: Charismatic Renewal, the Prosperity Gospel, and Televangelism in the Black Church
  • Is Christianity the White Man’s religion? The Nation of Islam, Hebrew Isrealites, Kemetic Science, and other Movements Confronting the Black Church
  • “If It Wasn’t for the Women”: Women’s Ordination, Sexism, and #MeToo in the Black Church
  • Does Doctrine Matter?: Debates between Orthodoxy, Theological Liberalism, and Liberation Theology in the Black Church

What to expect

  • 4 Weekend Format – 2/1-2, 3/1-2, 4/5-6, 4/26-27
  • 6-8:50pm on Friday | 8:30am-12:50pm on Saturday
  • Available on campus or via real-time video classroom from anywhere in the world
  • Taught by Dr. CJ Rhodes, Pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church
  • Master’s-level course that can be applied towards a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity
  • Part of the Graduate Certificate in Ministry in the African American Church

The Professor: Dr. CJ Rhodes

Dr. Rhodes is pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. Mt. Helm is an historic church that was founded in 1835 and has played a key role in the formation of several African American denominations. When he became pastor of Mt. Helm in 2010, Dr. Rhodes was the youngest pastor in the church’s history. Dr. Rhodes also serves as the religious life director at Alcorn State.

In addition, Dr. Rhodes is a member of the board of Mission Mississippi and is president of Clergy for Prison Reform. He also hosts The CJ Rhodes Show, which airs on the radio in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Rhodes and his wife, Allison, have twin sons, Carroll Edward III and Cornelius Josiah.

Interested? Find out more!

This class is available for credit towards a degree or as auditing credit.

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