SPRING 2014 100 COURSE OFFERINGS
100-01 – Religion and Atrocity – HOOGERWERF MWF
In this course we will examine the relationship between religion and
atrocity. At times, religion has been a causative factor in the perpetration
of violence – or has failed to marshal resistance against it.
The perceived connection between religion and atrocity or religion’s
apparent impotence to do anything about it has led some to denounce
religion. Whether we renounce it or not, it is important to ask: “Why
does religion sometimes function to fuel and justify atrocity?” How
do the resources of religion – especially Judaism and Christianity – enable
people to cope with the suffering that is caused by personal atrocities
or tragedies they suffer?
100-03A/04A – Many Faces of Christianity – EVERTS
This course will examine the ways different denominations and cultural
traditions interpret Christianity in their worship and teaching. Students
will attend and report on worship services at a variety of Holland
100–02 - From Rabbi to God – MUNOA – MWF
This is an introductory course about the origin and spread of Christianity.
It begins with Jesus of Nazareth and continues through the fourth century
CE when Christianity became the only legal religion of the Roman Empire.
We will learn by means of a careful examination of primary texts (Jewish,
Christian, and Greco-Roman writings) and a secondary text.
100-05– Which Jesus? – BROUWER MWF 12:00-12:50
Which Jesus?" -- Everyone seems to have a different opinion about
Jesus. Where did these ideas about Jesus come from? Which one is the "real" Jesus?
What do those around me and in society believe about Jesus? These are
the questions we will address as we explore Jesus through the centuries
and search for The Historical Jesus.
100-06 – Earth and Ethics – BOUMA-PREDIGER – MWF
Global warming, holes in the ozone layer, toxic wastes, oil spills, acid
rain, drinking water contamination, overflowing landfills, topsoil
erosion, species extinction, smog. The earth and its many inhabitants
are in trouble, claim numerous professional earth-watchers. In this
course we will ask these and other crucial questions. And we will learn
how religious folk – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists --
answer such questions. This course, in short, is an inquiry concerning
earth and ethics.