Christianity and the Holocaust (EM)

Subject associations
REL 308 / HUM 308
Fall 2023
Timothy P. Jackson
Registrar description

This class will wrestle with an enormous evil that deeply implicates Christianity, both theoretically and practically - from its scriptures and creeds to its ecclesiology and history. We will examine how Christians, male and female, both contributed to and resisted the Nazi genocide that came to be known as the Holocaust, as well as the theological and moral dimensions of anti-Semitism more generally. The approach is inter-disciplinary and pluralistic, with readings including historical, sociological, and ethical analyses by Jews, Christians, and non-religious authors. Specific issues addressed include the nature of sin, especially hatred.

Additional description

Area of Study Requirement: Does NOT satisfy sub-field requirement; does count as departmental.