300 and 400 COURSES – FALL 2016
329-01—Bible and Science: Friends or Foes?—Bandstra—MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.
It sometimes seems as if the Bible and religious faith are in a winner-take-all battle with science for the hearts and minds of believers. At least, that’s the way our culture and the media often structure the debate. But is this necessarily the way it has to be? Are there maybe other options for understanding the intersection of Bible and Science?
This course will focus study on a collection of biblical texts that stand at the meeting place of Christian faith and modern science, including cosmic creation, emergence of human life, the flood of Noah’s time, the development of morality and law, ecology and earth-keeping, health and wellness, and more. We will develop skills in reading the Bible contextually and we will relate the text to contemporary scientific and intellectual frameworks in such a way that thinking students of all persuasions will find their views challenged, and all will become equipped to articulate their views with confidence and integrity.
This is a special topics course in the category “Studies in Scripture.” Although it is a 300-level biblical studies course, it fulfills the RL2 general education Religion 200 slot.
349-01—Faith of the Early Church-Ortiz—TR 12:00-1:20 p.m.
The faith of the early Church is a common source of wisdom and guidance for all Christians. In this course, students will meet Ignatius, Augustine, Perpetua and Felicity, Basil, Cyprian, and others who are our mothers and fathers in the faith. They will encounter firsthand the beliefs, controversies, and personalities of the earliest Christians, including those who knew the apostles, those who died because of their love of Christ, and those who articulated the faith which we hold today. Through a careful study of the major saints and theologians of the first five centuries, students will be introduced to the pattern of early Christian thought on topics such as the Trinity and Incarnation, the authority and nature of the Church, worship, prayer, marriage and family, social justice, and the mystical life.
363-01—Studies in Christian Spirituality–Bouma-Prediger-TR 9:30-10:50 a.m.
A study of major views within the Christian tradition on the nature and practice of spirituality. In addition to the Bible, the writings of such masters as Benedict of Nursia, Maximum Confessor, Bernard of Clairvaux, Julian of Norwich, John Woolman, Soren Kierkegaard, Theresa of Lisieux, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Mother Teresa will be examined.
420-01 – Prophecy, Miracles & the Holy Spirit–Everts-TR 12:00-1:20 p.m.
This course is an in depth study of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. The author of these books presents Jesus as “the Prophet like Moses” who fulfills the scripture “would that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that he would put his Spirit on all of them”. [Dt 18:15; Num 11:29]. Special attention will be paid to what Luke/Acts teaches about the role of the Holy Spirit, the mission and ministry of the Church and the Spirit-empowered proclamation of the Gospel.