Curriculum Vitae    

Harry H. Singleton, III, Ph. D.

Full Professor, Religion and Theology

Benedict College

Columbia, South Carolina

 

Date of Birth: 23 September 1965

 

Address:

           

            Benedict

            MSC 623

            1600 Harden Street

            Columbia, South Carolina 29204                               

            Phone: (803).705.4689     Email: singletonh@benedict.edu

 

             Home

             310 Ross Road, #9F

             Columbia, South Carolina 29223

             Phone: (803).736.3522     Email: HHS3@aol.com

 

Education:

           

            Bachelor of Science, The University of South Carolina (Statistics)                          

                 Columbia, South Carolina, 1988.

            Master of Divinity, The Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center (Double Concentration: Theology, Old Testament)

                 Atlanta, Georgia, 1993.

            Doctor of Philosophy, The Graduate Theological Union (Systematic Theology)

                 Berkeley, California, 1998.

                 Dissertation Topic: Dimensions of Deideologization in the Works of  James H. Cone.

 

Teaching Experience:

 

            2013 - Full Professor, Religion and Theology

                         Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

            2005-2013: Associate Professor, Religion and Theology

                         Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

            1998-2005: Assistant Professor, Religion and Theology

                         Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

           

 

Courses Developed:

 

            Black Theology

                        This course surveys the origins and developments leading to the emergence of

                        Black Theology as a formal theological school, an analysis of its key tenets,

                        its “generations” of advocates and its most prominent critics.

                       

            Philosophy of Religion

                        This course exposes the student to the historical challenges posed by reason to

                        religious belief systems. In particular, the relationship between faith and reason

                        is explored in regard to religious experience, divine attributes, theistic arguments,

                        miracles, life after death, and the “problem” of evil.

            African American Religious History

                        This course examines the religious history of African Americans from their

                        pre-colonial African roots to the contemporary setting. Primary emphasis is

                        given to the “invisible” religion of slaves in their quest for freedom and the

                        challenges presented to that quest by the “deradicalizing” commitments of

                        slaveholding theology.

            Principles of Christian Theology

                        This course introduces the student to the nature, purpose, aims, and content of

                        Christian theological reflection. Sources, methodologies, doctrines and major

                        figures are examined for the purpose of exposing the student to both the varied

                        theological challenges presented to Christianity historically and to the contextual nature of theological reflection.  

            The Religious Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X

                        This course surveys the life and religious thought of arguably America’s two most

                        influential black leaders. Emphasis is placed on the formative factors that shaped

                        their theological perspectives and more particularly their understanding of the role religion plays in effectuating human liberation.

             Readings in Religion

                        In this doctoral seminar-style course two classic works in religion, broadly

                        conceived, are selected and given a thorough reading for the purpose of honing

                        the pre-graduate student’s reading comprehension and analytical skills.

 

Academic Honors and Awards:

 

            Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2003-04, 2004-05

            The Graduate Theological Union Newhall Fellowship, 1995-96

            The Graduate Theological Union Presidential Scholarship, 1994-95

            The United Negro College Fund Margaret and Martin Low Scholarship, 1993

            The International Honor Society of Theta Phi, Inducted in 1992

            The National Dean’s List, 1990-92

           

 

Institutional Positions and Committees:

           

            Faculty/Staff Representative, Benedict College Board of Trustees, 2006-present

            Area Coordinator, Religion/Philosophy Division, 2000-present

            Member, Benedict College School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS)

            Tenure and Promotions Committee, 2005-06, 2011-12

            Member, Benedict College Judiciary Committee, 2004-05

            Member, Institutional Purpose Committee, 1999-2000

            Member, Religious Life Committee, 1999-present

            Member, Black History Commemoration Committee, 1999-present

            Member, Literary Awards Committee, 1998-present

                                   

Areas of Specialization and Research Interests:

 

            Liberation Theologies (Black and Latin American)

            Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theology

            Hegemonic Theologies

            Contemporary Religious Discourse

 

Publications:

 

            Books

                White Religion and Black Humanity. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2012.

                Black Theology and Ideology: Deideological Dimensions in the Theology of  James H. Cone. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2002.

           

             Articles

                 God’s Unkindly Kindliness: What in This World is a Nigger Heaven?

                               Compilation Contributor, Testamentum Imperium (Forthcoming)

                  In God (and Sarah) We Trust: An Analysis of Delores S. Williams’ Critique of Black Theology’s Biblical Hermeneutics

                                Journal of Intercultural Disciplines, Volume VIII, Winter 2010

                 Between Racism and Obscurity: The Black Theologian in the Twenty-First Century

                                Black Theology: An International Journal, Volume 6, Number 1, January, 2008

                  The African American Spirituals: Holistic Theologizing, Holistic Internalization

                               (Anthology entry: publication date not yet released)

                 When the Theme Itself Won’t Do: The Quest for a More Liberating Sustainability

                                International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social

                                Sustainability, Volume 1, Number 4, 2005/2006

                 On the Prospects a Functional Religious Pluralism in a Neo-Reified Era

                                (Anthology entry: publication date not yet released)

                 Looking Forward Backwards: The Future of Black Theology

                                (Anthology entry: publication date not yet released)

            Pamphlets          

                 Don’t Shout Too Soon: When Should We Celebrate (Emancipation)?

                               w/Professor O’Neal Smalls, University of South Carolina Law School

                               Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Freewoods Foundation, 2006.

 

             Reviews

                  Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. New York: Penguin Press, 2011

                               Black Theology: An International Journal, Volume 3, Number 10 (2012)

                  The Black Church: Social Reform and Sexual Health.

                               Social Work & Christianity, March, 2014

 

Future Research/Writing Projects - Tentative Titles

 

             Books

                 Divine Revelation and Human Liberation

                 Jesus Christ and Human Freedom

                 If God Be With Us: A Postmodern Liberation Theodicy

                 What Shall I Render: A Systematic Theology for the Third Millennium      

                 Theology and Race in America: A History (Multi-Volume Work)

 

            Articles

                Karl Marx’s Opiate: Reflections on an Idealist Revolutionary

                Contextualizing Juan Luis Segundo’s Hermeneutics of Suspicion: A Prolegomena To Any Future Theology of Liberation

                 The Doctrine of Christian Superiority Reconsidered: The Quest for an Egalitaria Approach to the Religions of the World

                 Eschatological Dimensions in Toni Morrison’s Paradise

                 African Cultural Survivalisms and Black Theology: Siblings or Distant Cousins

 

Lectures/Presentations:

           

            Panel: Religion, Spirituality and Wellness

                        Kemetic Institute for Health and Human Development’s Health and Fitness Expo

                        Brookland Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina, August 25, 2012

            Lecture: The King James Version of the Bible and Martin Luther King, Jr.

                        Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

                        Sumter County Public Library, Sumter, South Carolina, July 24, 2012

            Panel: The King James Version of the Bible Turns Four Hundred: Past and Present Challenges

                        Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

                        Sumter County Public Library, Sumter, South Carolina, July 13, 2012

                    One Nation under Two Gods: America’s Continuing Theological Dilemma

                         Race, Gender, & Sexuality Research Forum and Symposium

                         National Association of African American Studies

                         Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, Florida, June 29, 2012

            Lecture: African American Religion, Christian Faith, and the Civil Rights Movement

                        African Americans in the South: Traditions and Contemporary Challenges Conference

                        University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, September 21, 2011

            Panel: Spirituality and Human Wellness

                        Kemetic Institute for Health and Human Development’s Health and Fitness Expo

                        Brookland Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina, August 27, 2011

            Panel: The Activism of Black Theologians: Scholarship, Pedagogy, Institution, and Society       

                        The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

                        October 31, 2010

                  Religion and the United States Constitution: Moving Beyond Its Theoretical Ironies and

                        Pragmatic Contradictions

                        United States Constitution Day Observances, Benedict College

                        Columbia, South Carolina (September, 2007)

                  In God (and Sarah) We Trust: An Analysis of Delores S. Williams’ ‘Wilderness

                        Experience’ Biblical Hermeneutics

                        National Association of African American Studies Annual Meeting

                        Baton Rouge, Louisiana (February, 2007)

                  Religion, the Legacy of Rosa Parks and Their Challenge to the Neo-Confederate

                        Worldview, NAACP National Religious Leadership Summit

                        Houston, Texas (November, 2005)

                  Reflections on the African American Spirituals: Celebration and Ambiguity

                        Spirituals Rising Symposium, Benedict College

                        Columbia, South Carolina (April, 2005)                

                  When the Theme Itself Won’t Do: Moving Beyond a Culture of Sustainability

                        Social, Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Sustainability Conference

                        Honolulu, Hawaii (February, 2005)

                  My Theological Journey to Black Theology and Ideology

                       Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina (April, 2004)

                  The Double-Talk of American Religious Diversity

                       NAACP National Religious Leadership Summit

                       Atlanta, Georgia (November, 2003)

                  On the Prospects of a Functional Religious Pluralism in a Neo-Reified Era

                       Biannual Conference of the International Society for Universal Dialogue

                       Ancient Olympia, Greece (May, 2003)

                   New Authors Panel: The Writing of Black Theology and Ideology

                      Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR)   

                      Washington, DC (March, 2003)

           Public Lecture: The Shortcomings and Promises of African American Spirituality

                     Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina (November, 2001)

           Panel Discussion: The Confederate Battle Flag and National Sovereignty

                     The African American Heritage Celebration, Benedict College

                      Columbia, South Carolina (April, 2000)

                What was/is the Relationship between Christianity and Black Oppression?

                      Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina (October, 1999)

                Scholarly Response to Address of South Carolina State Representative Joseph Neal

                      Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina, (April, 1999)

                Sources for a Constructive Black Theology

                      The American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California (April, 1998)

                The Life and Thought of James H. Cone

                      The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California (March, 1998)

                Psychotherapy and Spirituality

                      The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin (Spring, 1997)

                The History of Black Theological Thought

                      The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California (September, 1996)

                Responses of Theology to the Philosophy of the Enlightenment

                      The American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California (Spring, 1996)

 

Professional Organization Memberships:

 

            The American Academy of Religion (AAR)

            The Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR)

            The National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS)

 

Service Organization Memberships:

           

            The American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

                        Executive Committee, South Carolina State Conference, 2011-

                        President, South Carolina State Conference, 2009-2011

                        Vice President, Benedict College Chapter, 2007-present

                        Treasurer, Benedict College Chapter, 2004-2007

            The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

                        Lifetime Member                   

                        Delegate to National Conventions, 1987, 1990-92, 1994-95, 1999-2004, 2006

            Liaison to the National Religious Affairs Department

            Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (Zeta Epsilon Initiate, 1986) 

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