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FALL 2015 Religion 100 Course Offerings

100-01 – The Mystery of the Incarnation – Ortiz – MWF – 12:00-12:50 pm – LH122
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)? 

100-02 – Which Jesus? – BROUWER – MWF – 8:30-9:20 am – LH121
“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 – 1:00-1:50 pm – LH122
100-04 – Many Faces of Christianity – EVERTS – MWF – 2:00-2:50 pm – LH122
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 – ChpB11
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.

100-06 – Earth and Ethics – BOUMA-PREDIGER – MWF – 1:00-1:50 pm – ChpB11
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 – Basic Studies in Religion – VanTil – TR – 12:00-1:20 pm – LH122
The goal of this course is to make you conscious of the ways in which Christian faith affects the moral life.  It will examine the virtues, standards and results of morality