RELIGION 100 COURSES SPRING 2016
100-07-Which Jesus—Brouwer—MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m.
"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.
100-01-Religion and Atrocity—Hoogerwerf—MWF 9:30-10:20 a.m.
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?
100-04-From Rabbi to God—Munoa—MWF 9:30-10:20 a.m.
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.
100-03-Many Faces of Christianity—Everts—MWF11:00-11:50 a.m.
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-Ain’t Misbehavin—VanTil—TR 9:30-10:50 a.m.
The goal of this course is to make you conscious of the ways in which Christian faith affects the moral life.
100-06-Fierce and Faithful: Women in the Bible - Japinga—TR 12:00-1:20 p.m.
Women in the Bible are often thought to be either "bad girls" (Eve, Delilah, Jezebel) or desperate to have children (Sarah, Rachel, Leah). There are many other biblical women that you never learned about in Sunday School. Some are victims of sexual violence. Some are warriors. Others are strong, courageous, compassionate, and wise. This class will explore the "texts of terror," the "bad girls of the Bible," and the many other women who are both fierce and faithful.
195-01B—Text Analysis Using Python—Bandstra—MWF –2:00-2:50 p.m. (March 4-May 6, 2016)
Python is today’s premiere programming language for text and language analysis in the humanities and other disciplines. This course will build on and apply the coding skills you acquire in the CSCI 195-01A Introduction to Python course, which is a prerequisite. CSCI 195 will be available during the first half of the semester and will be taught on the same days (MWF) and at the same time (2:00 PM) as REL 195-01B, which will meet the second half of the semester. REL 195 will teach the basics of text corpus analysis, that is, automated analysis of large collections of texts. This course will use biblical texts as the focus, though students will also be able to choose to apply their work in the course to other collections of texts such as the plays of Shakespeare, books of any kind, or collections of natural language such as twitter feeds and transcriptions of spoken language. Large scale text analysis is useful for creating concordances, doing vocabulary and grammatical analysis, identifying themes and language tendencies in texts, and performing analysis of sentiment and feeling in texts. This course satisfies the Religious Studies 1 (RL1) general education requirement.