Curtis J. Evans

Associate Professor of American Religions and the History of Christianity

 

 

 

MA (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
PhD (Harvard University)

Curtis Evans is an historian of American religions. His teaching interests are modern American religion, particularly since the Civil War, race and religion in US history, and slavery and Christianity. His first book, The Burden of Black Religion (Oxford University Press, 2008), was an historical analysis of debates about the role of religion in the lives of African Americans and the origins of the scholarly category of "the black church." His research emphases are interpretations and cultural images of African American religion, examinations of religion as a force for and obstacle to social and political reform, and the question of how social problems become defined and addressed as moral problems at particular historical moments. More recently, his research on Billy Graham’s political and social views have led increasingly into teaching courses on and reading more deeply about the rise of the Christian Right and the emergence and history of conservative Protestantism in the US. His published essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of ReligionChurch HistoryJournal of Southern Religion, and Religion and American Culture. His current work, A Theology of Brotherhood: The Federal Council of Churches and the Problem of Race (Oxford, forthcoming) brings together a number of his research interests: the FCC’s attempt at social and racial change from the 1920s to the 1940s, the evolution of theological reflections on race, and the concrete and particular circumstances that shape historical actors as they wrestle with the constraints of their social worlds. This narrative is a critical historical evaluation of the FCC’s interracial work as a predominantly white Protestant and ecumenical organization, but also a reflection on the factors that illuminate the prominence of a certain strand of Protestantism in American public life in the early 20th century.

(773) 702-8200
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Current and Upcoming Courses

History of Christianity

HCHR 34900 The Age of Walter Rauschenbusch: History and Historiography of the Social Gospel

HCHR 35600 The Christian Right: History and Historiography

HCHR 42901 Christianity and Slavery in America, 1619-1865

HCHR 42901 Christianity and Slavery in America, 1619-1865

HCHR 43301 Religion in Modern America, 1865-1920

HCHR 43600 Religion in 20th Century America

HCHR 45600 African American Religion in the 20th Century: History and Historiography

HCHR 46404 The Long 1960s: Religion and Social Change

Religions in America

RAME 34900 The Age of Walter Rauschenbusch: History and Historiography of the Social Gospel

RAME 35600 The Christian Right: History and Historiography

RAME 42901 Christianity and Slavery in America, 1619-1865

RAME 42901 Christianity and Slavery in America, 1619-1865

RAME 43301 Religion in Modern America, 1865-1920

RAME 43600 Religion in 20th Century America

RAME 45600 African American Religion in the 20th Century: History and Historiography

RAME 46404 The Long 1960s: Religion and Social Change