Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor

Timothy Renick - Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Jonathan Herman - Committee Member

Third Advisor

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.

Included in

Religion Commons