FALL 2013 100 COURSE OFFERINGS
100-01 – Religion and Atrocity – HOOGERWERF – MWF – 9:30-10:20
In this course we will examine the relationship between religion and
atrocity. At times, religion has been a causative factor in the perpetration
of violence – or has failed to marshal resistance against it. The
perceived connection between religion and atrocity or religion’s
apparent impotence to do anything about it has led some to denounce religion.
Whether we renounce it or not, it is important to ask: “Why does
religion sometimes function to fuel and justify atrocity?”
In the midst of atrocity, the victims who suffer also often turn to
religion as a source of comfort, escape, empowerment, or salvation. Religion’s
power to alleviate suffering by eliminating its causes or by ameliorating
its impact matches its power to inspire atrocity. How do the resources
of religion – especially Judaism and Christianity – enable
people to cope with the suffering that is caused by personal atrocities
or tragedies they suffer?
100-02 – Which Jesus? – BROUWER – MWF – 11:00-11:50
Which Jesus?” - Everyone seems to have a different opinion about
Jesus. Where did these ideas about Jesus come from? Which one is the “real” Jesus?
What do those around me and in society believe about Jesus? These are
the questions we will address as we explore Jesus through the centuries
and search for the historical Jesus.
100-03 – Many Faces of Christianity – EVERTS – MWF – 11:00-11:50
100-04 - Many Faces of Christianity - EVERTS - MWF - 12:00-12:50
course will examine the ways different denominations and cultural traditions
worship and teaching.
will attend and report on worship services at a variety of Holland area
100-05 – Navigating the Christian Past – HUSBANDS – MWF – 12:00-12:50
100-06 – Earth and Ethics – BOUMA-PREDIGER – MWF – 1:00-1:50
Global warming, holes in the ozone layer, toxic wastes, oil spills, acid,
drinking water contamination, overflowing landfills, topsoil erosion,
species extinction, smog. The earth and its many inhabitants are in trouble,
claim numerous professional earth-watchers. In this course we will ask
these and other crucial questions. And we will learn how religious folk
answer such questions. This course, in short, is an inquiry into religion
through an environment lens.
100-07 – The Bible in the Real World - Religion – BANDSTRA
- TR 9:30-10:50 am
This course will examine how the Bible is interpreted and used in various
historical and contemporary issues, such as slavery, human origins, and
195-01 – Biblical Hebrew – BANDSTRA – MWF
Register for this course under HEB171. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
is a one semester course covering the foundational grammar of the language
of the Hebrew Bible, also called the Old Testament. Hebrew is the language
of the vast majority of texts in the Old Testament. The course uses the
Hebrew alphabet, and we learn the basic vocabularly of the Hebrew Bible,
the forms of nouns and verbs, and basic clause types. Class activities
include speaking and translating examples from the Hebrew Bible, and writing
basic Hebrew exercises. Hebrew conversations, songs, and other activities
reinforce language lessons. By the end of the course we will read and undersatnd
texts from the Hebrew Bible.