RELIGION 200 COURSES SPRING 2016
221-03-Introduction to Biblical Literature - Munoa- MWF 1:00-1:50 p.m.
This is an introductory Religion course on Biblical literature. Its 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—Introduction to the Old Testament - Bandstra—MWF—12:00-12:50 p.m.
This course concentrates on the first part of the Christian 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.
223-01/02—Introduction to the New Testament—Everts—TR 12:00-1:20/1:30-2:50 p.m.
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.
241-02–Choices and Changes—Brouwer— MWF 9:30-10:20 a.m.
this course we will review the history of the church in overview, not primarily to memorize all of the details and people, but to think through how Christian doctrines developed, and how church structures and denominations came into being. We will focus on "choices" that were made in times of doctrinal controversies, and "changes" that emerged from new opportunities or emphases that presented themselves.
241-01—Introduction to the History of Christianity—Tyler—MWF 9:30-10:20 a.m.
This course examines the history of Christianity from the early church well into the Middle Ages. Although the development of theology and the growth of the church will be important themes, we will also investigate how Christians and their critics explored and endured self and society, doubt and despair, discovery and desire, the ephemeral and the eternal with conviction and faith.
261-01—Faith Seeking Understanding—Husbands—MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Using the Apostles’ Creed as an outline of faithful reflection upon the living God of the Gospel, with a careful reading and an informed discussion of classical figures and texts, this course represents a study of basic Christian beliefs about God, creation, humanity, evil, Jesus Christ, salvation, and the church.
264-01—Christian Feminism—Japinga—TR 9:30-10:50 a.m.
A study of the role of women in the Bible, the history of Christianity, and contemporary culture, with an emphasis on the writings of feminist theologians.
265-01 – Ethics and Christian Discipleship – Bouma-Prediger – T R 8:00-9:20 a.m.
This course involves careful reflection about the connection between Christian beliefs and practices, including the formation of our moral vision and the role of authority in moral decision-making. Special attention is given to the way the Bible is used as a source of moral authority. The course presumes that Christian ethics as an academic discipline is in service to those who seek to live a life of Christian discipleship. To that end, the course invites students to engage in serious, critical reflection about the meaning and practice of discipleship in the context of a variety of contemporary moral challenges.
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.
281-01/02 – Introduction to World Religion – Wilson - MWF 9:30-10:50/11:00-11:50 (AND LAB)
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.