My first post; hopefully I will contribute more to this blog as the semester progresses. (Shout out) thanks to Kelsey for setting up this tool to continue our class discussions -- it seems as though we never have enough time to get everything in.
One continuing goal I remain to have is to continually revisit the structure of religion and its role in the development of our culture, and more specifically, in our growth in the areas of science and ethics. Understanding religion influences many peoples and governments in their decisions makes it utterly important to understand how it shapes one's thought process. Below is a video of a panel that recently occurred that addresses many of the issues we have been talking about in class; and further more addresses whether or not the "church" did or did not play a progressive role in the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.
In this panel, Dr. Pinn speaks at length about the issue, and was absolutely phenomenal. His basic premise was that the black church's theology of redemptive suffering did more harm than good and that humanism was (and is) a more effective philosophy for motivating civil resistance. He also discussed how Dr. King complained about the lack of support by churches for Civil Rights -- a reality that has been largely lost sight of due to the amazing PR of black churches. Here's the link to that discussion again if you haven't seen it yet -- it starts off kinda slow but once Dr. Pinn starts talking...... Well, it is worth watching
He also wrote a book, I am planning to buy, if you ever want to barrow it let me know.
Would love to hear ya'lls thoughts on this,