221-01 – Introduction to Biblical Literature – BROUWER – MWF – 11:00-11:50
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.
222-01 – Introduction to the Old Testament- BANDSTRA – MWF – 12:00-12:50
222-02 – Introduction to the Old Testament – BANDSTRA – MWF – 2:00-2:50
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.
223-01 – Introduction to the New Testament – EVERTS – TR – 1:30-2:50
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.
241-03 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ – TR – 12:00-1:20
241-04 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ – TR – 3:00-4:20
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.
241-01 – Introduction to History of Christianity – TYLER – MWF – 11:00-11:50
This course explores the birth, growth and development of Christianity.
We delve deep into how Christians lived, the struggles they faced,
and the faith they articulated. Along the way we meet courageous martyrs,
dazzling theologians, dedicated virgins, wilderness hermits, and fierce
warriors. The course is both an introduction to Christianity as a historical
Religion and a journey through the life of faith.
261-01 – Faith Seeking Understanding – HUSBANDS – TR – 1:30-2:50
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 – 12:00-1:20
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
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 – Introduction to World Religions – WILSON – MWF – 9:30-10:20
281-02 – Introduction to World Religions – WILSON – MWF – 11:00-11:50
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
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 – Choices and Changes – BROUWER – MWF – 9:30-10:50
How did Christian "doctrines" or teachings become what they
are today? How did the church morph into the congregations and institutions
that we are familiar with? It happened, historically, through "choices" and "changes".
In 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.
295-03 – Heidelberg Catechism - W – 3:00-4:20 pm – 2
Faculty: Mark Husbands, Trygve Johnson, Andy McCoy, Jack Mulder, Jared
Ortiz, Jeff Tyler
For half a millennium, Reformed Christians have turned to the Heidelberg
Catechism as a summary of faith and a guide for Christian living. The
Heidelberg catechism offers us a perspective on Reformed identity and
theology that is often missed: namely, a beautifully free, joyful and
personal statement of the good news of Jesus Christ. This Seminar will
explore the riches of the Catechism, its history, theology, and spirituality.
It constitutes an invitation to both listen to the same Scriptures
that inspired its authors and inquiry about the possibility of confessing
this faith in the 21st century. Hope students and faculty will form
a learning community in which they share from their reading, research,