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100 RELIGION COURSES – SPRING 2015

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?” 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 – The Bible in the Real World– 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 sexuality.

100-03/04 – Many Faces of Christianity – EVERTS MWF - 11:00-11:50/ 12:00-12:50
This course will examine the ways different denominations and cultural traditions interpret Christianity in their worship and teaching. Students will attend and report on worship services at a variety of Holland area churches.

100-05 – The Mystery of the Incarnation – ORTIZ – MWF 11:00-11:50
This course is an introduction to Christology; it is a study of the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. Our starting point and norm of reasoning will be the New Testament, but we will also be guided by the conciliar teachings of the undivided Church (especially the councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon) as well as representative early, medieval, and modern accounts of the mystery of Jesus Christ. By reflecting on Scripture and Tradition, we will attempt to answer Christ’s ever-relevant question to us, “Who do you say that I am” (Mark 8:29)?

100-06A&B/08A – Earth and Ethics – BOUMA-PREDIGER – MWF – 1:00-1:50/07A - MWF 2:00-2:50
Global warming, holes in the ozone layer, toxic wastes, oil spills, acid rain, 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 – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists -- answer such questions. This course, in short, is an inquiry concerning earth and ethics.

100-07 – Which Jesus? – BROUWER - MWF - 12:00-12:50
" 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.