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100-01 – Religion and Atrocity – HOOGERWERF – MWF – 9:30-10:20 am
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 – 8:30-9:20 am
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 – 1:00-1:50 pm
100-04 – Many Faces of Christianity – EVERTS – MWF – 2:00-2:50 pm

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 – From Rabbi to God – MUNOA – MWF – 9:30-10:20 am
100-06 – From Rabbi to God – MUNOA – MWF – 11:00-11:50 am

This is an introductory course about the origin and spread of Christianity. It begins with Jesus of Nazareth and continues through the fourth century CE when Christianity became the only legal religion of the Roman Empire. We will learn by means of a careful examination of primary texts (Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman writings) and a secondary text.

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 sexuality.