2013 200 COURSE OFFERINGS
221-01 – Introduction to Biblical Studies – BROUWER – MWF – 8:30-9:20
In "Introduction to Biblical Literature" we read most of
the Bible, since that is what the course is about. 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. There will be regular short "Readings
Quizzes" keep us all on the same schedule, and two tests, each
over half the semester's work. Also, several short research papers,
chosen from a variety of topic possibilities, will allow you to explore
some ideas and aspects of the Bible in greater depth.
221-02 – Introduction to Biblical Studies – MUNOA – MWF – 2:00-2:50
221-03– Introduction to Biblical Studies – MUNOA – MWF – 4:00-4:50
This course’s 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– Introduction to the Old Testament – BANDSTRA – MWF – 1:00-1:50
This course will explore the history and literature of the Old
Testament, also called the Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament.
This exploration will develop
core biblical themes and concepts, and will give special attention to the essential
connections between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Course delivery
and learning interactions will be a blended combination of face-to-face
223-01 – Introduction to the New Testament – EVERTS – TR – 1:30-2:50
This course concentrates on the second part of the Christian Bible, also called
the New Testament. It is an introductory survey of its contents: historical background,
literary forms, main characters, and central religious concepts. This course
provides basic training in how to read this most important ancient text.
241-01 – History of Christianity – TYLER – MWF – 9:30-10:20
241-02 – History of Christianity – TYLER – MWF – 11:00-11:50
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.
241-03 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – ORTIZ – TR – 9:30-10:50
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.
263-01 – Perspectives on Christ – BOUMA-PREDIGER – TR – 1:30-2:50
A study of Christian theology through the careful reading and discussion
of classical, medieval, early modern and contemporary texts on the
person and work of Jesus Christ. In dialogue with both contemporary
issues and the history of Christianity, students learn about basic
Christian beliefs concerning God, creation, humanity, evil, Jesus Christ,
salvation, the Church, and the future.
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 – MWF – 2:00-2:50
pm Offered in the
Fall each semester for Emmaus Scholars. The Psalmist
calls us to "worship the Lord your God in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm
29:2). Well aware
that emerging adults evidence difficulty in being able to distinguish
between objectively real moral truths and invidiaul perceptions of
those truths, this course seeks to provide students with knowledge
of the story, sources, and shape of the moral life with the aim of
fostering a deep commitment to integral mission. Integrating liturgy,
reconciliation, and love for the world, we seek to understand the movement
from learning, worship, shalom and community, to the ministry and witness
of ministry of reconciliation. This course provides Emmaus Scholars
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.