Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Timothy Renick - Committee Chair
Jonathan Herman - Committee Member
Vincent Lloyd - Committee Member
During the 2008 Presidential election, questions concerning Barack Obama’s religious views arose. Specifically, the controversy surrounding Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, caused some people to wonder how Wright’s theology may have influenced Obama. This project investigates Obama’s religious views and examines several forces, including Wright, which influenced his theological perspective. Wright bases his theological perspective on the works of James Cone, a significant figure in Black Liberation Theology and a mentor to Wright. This thesis compares and contrasts Obama’s religious perspective with that of James Cone.
Ross, Zachary, "The Audacity of Faith: A Study of Barack Obama's Religious Views and How they could Shape his United States Presidency" (2010). Religious Studies Theses. Paper 23.