221–01/02- Introduction to Biblical Literature – BROUWER – MWF
Whether you have never read anything in the Bible before, or have been
reading it all your life, this course is for you. For those to whom
the Bible is a new read, you will gain basic knowledge and insights,
as well as a comprehensive organizing scheme for understanding the
Bible as a whole. For those to whom the Bible is an old friend, you
will come to see its cohesiveness in larger segments, and gain new
appreciation for the extensive and intensive relationship between Old
and New Testaments. We will use a secondary handbook to help guide
our way, and provide outlines and explanatory notes.
221-03/04 – Introduction to Biblical Literature – MUNOA
This courses aim is to study the Bible, which includes the Old Testament,
New Testament, and what Protestant Christians call the Apocrypha. Questions
like “what is the Bible?”, “what kinds of books are
in the Bible?”, and “what do these books teach?” will
be answered in the context of the academic study of the Bible.
222-01/02 – Introduction to Old Testament – Bandstra
This course concentrates on the first part of the Christian Bible,
also called the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, and is a survey of its
contents: historical events, main characters, literary forms, and religious
concepts. This course provides basic training in how to read a text
that is more than two thousand years old and arose out of an ancient
culture with very different conceptual and worldview structures than
ours. Since this material is also essential background for understanding
the New Testament, connections will be made throughout the course.
223-01 – Introduction to New Testament – Everts
This course is a study of the literature of the New Testament which
will place special emphasis on learning how to exegete New Testament
texts. We will particular attention to the New Testament witness
to the historical origins of Christianity and examine significant
issues that affected the beginnings of Christianity and are still
relevant to the church today.
241-01 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – TYLER
MWF – 11:00-11:50
This course explores the birth, growth and development of Christianity.
We delve deep into how Christians lived, the struggles they faced,
and the faith they articulated. Along the way we meet courageous martyrs,
dazzling theologians, dedicated virgins, wilderness hermits, and fierce
warriors. The course is both an introduction to Christianity as a historical
Religion and a journey through the life of faith.
241-02/03 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ
TR – 9:30-10:50/12:00-1:30
This course examines the nature, meaning, and history of the Church
from the first disciple (Mary) up to the debates surrounding the Reformation.
By drawing on the resources of both theology and history, we will explore
questions about the nature of the Church, her authority and mission,
how the Mystical Body of Christ is related to her institutional structure,
how Christians have understood the relationship between Church and
state, as well as how the Church has navigated the challenges of history
and influenced culture.
266-01 – Christian Love – HOOGERWERF TR 3:00-4:20
This course invites students to explore the concept of love as a moral
principle rooted in the Christian tradition and to critically assess
a variety of voices and viewpoints related to the role of love in
the Christian life. We will examine Christian love as it is expressed
in relationship with self, friends, family, marriage partner, neighbors,
enemies, and God. Among other themes explored are the relationship
between love and sexuality, love and forgiveness, and the unique
variety of loves that are part of human life and faithful living.
281-01 – Introduction to World Religion – WILSON
MWF 9:30-10:50/Lab M4:00-4:50
This course will investigate the basic tenets and practices of some
of the major religions of four geographic sectors of the world. The
investigation is divided geographically rather than thematically because
of the nature of religion as it manifests itself in various regions.
The same religion may undergo changes as its focus shifts from its
point of origin; we will note the continuity as well as the changes
as we trace some religions across several of the geographic sectors.
295-01 – Catholic Christianity - ORTIZ MWF 12:00-12:50
This course aims to introduce students to the rich tradition of Catholic
Christianity. To be a Catholic Christian means to have an encounter
with the Person of Jesus Christ, an encounter which alters the whole
horizon of one’s being. For the Catholic Christian, this necessarily
includes an encounter with the Church, Christ’s Body, which
is understood as the extension of the Incarnation through time. Through
the careful study of Catholic theology, literature, art, and philosophy,
students will explore the mystery of what Augustine called “the
Whole Christ,” that is, Christ, Head and Body, and how this
manifests itself in a distinctively Catholic culture and way of life.
Students of all faiths (or none) are welcome.