THS4120EN - Theology of Race and Ethnicity

Course description

Examines the Biblical and theological understanding of human nature, specifically as it relates to race and ethnicity. Students will develop a theology of race and ethnicity that will prepare them to love their neighbors of all cultures as they engage contemporary issues such as racism, immigration, justice, and the refugee crisis.

How this course benefits students

Every student will recognize that all humans, himself included, struggle with biases and prejudices. This course will assist the student in understanding the Biblical perspective on race and ethnicity and develop strategies to engage all peoples of all tongues and tribes in ministry and missions.

Why this course is important

Revelation promises that people from all tribes and all nations will be part of the kingdom of God. This course provides the Biblical foundations for understanding equality before God, for loving one’s neighbor as oneself, and for overcoming biases and prejudices in one’s missional endeavors.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Theology
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Celucien Joseph, Professor of African & African-American Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Bible recognizes races and ethnicities, and commands the Christian to take the gospel to panta ta ethne

Missionally driven

The Great Commission found in Matthew and Luke speak of making disciples to all people and to the ends of the earth

Contextually informed

There are few human issues that determine context as do race and ethnicity. This course helps the student see those contexts with Biblical and missional eyes.

Interculturally focused

Culture is intimately tied to race and ethnicity.

Practically minded

The course will equip the student to sensitively and missionally engage people of all races and ethnicities.

Experientially transformed

The course will require the student to examine his own racial and ethnic presuppositions and fruitfully engage those of other races and ethnicities.