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200 COURSES – FALL 2016

221-01/04-Introduction to Biblical Literature-Brouwer-MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m./9:30-10:20 a.m.
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.

221-02/03-Intro to Biblical Literature - Munoa- MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m./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.

241-01/02—Intro to the History of Christianity—Tyler—MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m./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.

264-01—Christian Feminism—Japinga—TR 1:30-2:50 p.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.

 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.

267-01-Introduction to Catholic Christianity-Ortiz-MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.
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.

281-01/02 – Introduction to World Religion – Peter Dass- TR 12:00-1:20 p.m./3:00-4:20 p.m.
A historical and geographical survey of some major religions of the world: the religions of India, China, Japan, and the Middle East.  Emphasis is placed on the role of religion in the development of the culture and ethos of these areas.