hope college > academic > religion   

From the Chair <
Prospective Students <
Current Students <
Faculty and Staff <
Graduates <
Courses <
Major/Minor Information <
Upcoming Events <
Contact Us <

221-01 – Intro to Biblical Literature – BROUWER – MWF – 11:00-11:50 am – LH121
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 – Intro to Biblical Literature – MUNOA – MWF – 11:00-11:50 am – MM241
221-03 – Intro to Biblical Literature – MUNOA – MWF – 1:00-1:50 pm – DPR141
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 – Intro to the Old Testament- BANDSTRA – MWF – 12:00-12:50 pm – LH121
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.

241-01 – Intro to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ – TR – 12:00-1:20 pm – ChpB12
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, with her sinners and saints, has navigated the challenges of history and influenced culture.

262-01 – Prayer, Creed, Commandments – BOUMA-PREDIGER – TR – 1:30-2:50 pm – ChpB10
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all ask questions about and seek answers to life’s deepest mysteries.  What does it mean for me to be authentically human?  If God exists, what is God like?  What is the good life and how do I live it?  What, in the end, is wisdom?  All of us ask such basic religious questions.

In this course we will ask these and other crucial questions.  And we will learn how Christians typically answer such questions.  This course is an introduction—via the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Ten Commandments—to the basic beliefs and practices of Christian faith.  It is, in short, an introduction to Christian theology.

264-01 – Christian Feminism – JAPINGA – TR – 12:00-1:20 pm – ChpB10
This course examines the role of women in the Bible and the history of the Christian tradition. It includes an overview of the contributions of feminist theology to the ways Christian think about God, Jesus, human nature, sin, salvation, the Christian life, and the church and ministry.  Multicultural perspectives are included.  The class ends with presentation on current issues such as women in combat or women in the media.

266-01 – Christian Love – HOOGERWERF – TR – 3:00-4:20 pm – Dow202/203
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 Religions – WILSON – MWF – 9:30-10:20 am – Dpr132
281-02 – Introduction to World Religions – WILSON – MWF – 11:00-11:50 am – Dpr132
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 region may undergo changes as its locus 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. (Course includes a required lab.)

295-01 – Emmaus Seminar: Reconciliation – HUSBANDS – TR – 9:30-10:50 am - Belt
Emerging adults evidence difficulty in being able to distinguish between objectively real moral truths and individual perceptions those truths, this course seeks to provide Hope students with an understanding of the context, sources, and shape of the moral life with the aim of fostering a deep commitment to integral mission. Integrating liturgy, justice, reconciliation, theological anthropology and culture care, we chart the movement from learning, worship, to the pursuit of shalom. This course provides students with a compelling and coherent account of the moral order (setting, identity and vision) in which we have been called to faithful obedience and loving witness.
Note: enrollment in this course is limited to Emmaus Scholars.

295-02 – Catholic Christianity - ORTIZ –  MWF – 2:00-2:50 pm – MM243
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.