HIST 522

The Bible, Slavery & the American Civil War

Course Description

This class surveys the history of the Bible in the United States from the War for Independence through the Civil War. It is a case study designed to sharpen awareness of how intellectual assumptions, cultural conventions, engrained interests, and spiritual motives shaped the understanding and application of Scripture. 

Special emphases in this course include: how Scripture was enlisted to both defend and attack the American slave system; how that interpretive conflict exerted long-term consequences for the churches as well as the nation; why African American approaches were so distinct; what role the Bible played in the Civil War; and how Canadian history differed from this American history.

Dates May 20–May 24
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Mark Noll

Research Professor of History, Regent College; Francis A McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History, Notre Dame

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees