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  200 RELIGION COURSES – SPRING 2015

221–01/02- Introduction to Biblical Literature – BROUWER – MWF 9:30-10:20/11:00-11:50
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.

221-03/04 – Introduction to Biblical Literature – MUNOA - MWF 1:00-1:50/3:00-3:50
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.

222-01/02 – Introduction to Old Testament – Bandstra - MWF 12:00-12:50/2:00-2:50
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.

241-01 – Introduction to the History of Christianity – TYLER - MWF – 9:30-10:20
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.

261-01/02 – 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 the media.

265-01 – Ethics and Christian Discipleship – HOOGERWERF – T 9:30-9:50PM
This course involves careful reflection about the connection between Christian beliefs and practices, including the formation of our moral vision and the role of authority in moral decision-making. Special attention is given to the way the Bible is used as a source of moral authority. The course presumes that Christian ethics as an academic discipline is in service to those who seek to live a life of Christian discipleship. To that end, the course invites students to engage in serious, critical reflection about the meaning and practice of discipleship in the context of a variety of contemporary moral challenges.

266-01 – Christian Love – HOOGERWERF TR 3:00-4:
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 Religion – WILSON MWF 9:30-10:50/Lab M4:00-4:50
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 religion may undergo changes as its focus 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.

295-01 – Catholic Christianity - ORTIZ MWF 1:00-1:50
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.

295-02 – Choices and Changes – BROUWER – MWF 8:30-9:20
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 – Global Pentecostalism – EVERTS - TR 12:00-1:20
Pentecostalism has been famously defined as the most successful social movement of the 20th century. It is the fastest growing segment of the church, especially in the global south. This course will examine its history, its adaption to diverse cultures and the ways it has transformed World Christianity.