Religion Courses

Religion Courses

(GP) indicates that the course is a Global Perspective Elective option in the General Education core.

GRK 1010, 1020, 2010, 2010 BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE NEW TESTAMENT (KOINE) GREEK I, II (3 s.h. each)

This sequential series of courses provides a thorough introduction to the structure of New Testament (Koine) Greek and provides the basic linguistic skills necessary to read and translate the New Testament and other early Church documents. Note: These courses are taught under the auspices of the religion department and with prior written permission from the chair of the religion department can be taken EITHER for CORE language credit OR for NON-CORE religion credit.

REL 1030 INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION (3 s.h.)

This introductory course will explore a variety of topics: How do we define the word “religion”? Why did human beings come to believe in a supreme being? What are some of the logical arguments for and against the existence of a deity. What are the typical stages in the development of religions. What are the common, fundamental questions that religions address? How do we study religion, e.g., philosophical, psychological, literary, sociological, and phenomenological approaches? And finally, what is the relationship between religion and the physical sciences?

REL 1040 INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

The scholarly study of selected biblical texts as a way of exploring their enduring significance. In other words we will ask of our biblical passages: what does the text say (in its literary context), what did it mean then (in its historical context), and why is it important to us today (as we reflect upon the Bible’s continuing theological relevance)?

REL 1050 RELIGION IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE: SUPPLEMENTAL SPIRITUAL INFORMATION (3 s.h.)

Examination of science’s questions, methods, history, and results in their relationship to and as a supplement to the enduring religious issues. This course is offered every semester.

REL 1060 RELIGION AND AMERICAN CULTURE (3 s.h.)

A historical survey from colonial times to the present of the diversity of religious groups in America. The course examines the relationships that develop between particular religious groups and the larger American culture with particular attention given to the emergence of a “common Protestant religious culture” and the challenges to that Protestant culture. This course is offered every spring semester.

REL 1070 RELIGION AND FILM (3 s.h.)

An introduction to religion’s material and intellectual elements through an examination of film’s interpretation of religion and of the human condition as well as film’s tendency to fulfill certain religious functions. This course offered as possible.

REL 1500 EASTERN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (3 s.h.)

(GP) This course will survey the historical, sociological, and philosophical development of religious traditions of India, Southeast Asia, and China. We will cover Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist thought, among others. This course is offered every fall semester.

REL 1510 WESTERN RELIGIONS (3 s.h.)

(GP) This course will introduce students to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, focusing on their commitment to ethical monotheism. This course is offered every other academic year.

REL 2010 SURVEY OF HEBREW BIBLE (3 s.h.)

Old Testament writings with emphasis on Hebrew history and faith from the perspective of historical and literary criticism. This course is offered every fall semester in odd-numbered years.

REL 2020 SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (3 s.h.)

New Testament writings with emphasis on the faith of the early Christian community and the cultural milieu (social, political, cultural, and religious) out of which Christianity arose. This course is offered every spring semester.

REL 3010 THE HEBREW PROPHETS (3 s.h.)

The lives of the prophets, the structure of their literature, and their message, with attention to whether or not prophets were “predictors” of the future. Prerequisites: REL 1040 or 2010, or permission of the instructor. This course is offered as needed.

REL 3020 JESUS AND THE GOSPELS (3 s.h.)

The modern quest for the historical Jesus, a detailed study of the Gospel accounts, and the cultural significance of Jesus. Prerequisite: REL 2020 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered in the fall semester in even-numbered years.

REL 3220 RELIGIOUS LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

A study of the theological significance of selected religious works, as grouped around particular themes. This course can be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Depending upon topic, may be cross-listed as PHI 3220. Examples of possible foci include Spiritual Autobiography, How to See God in Literature, the “Inklings” (the works of Lewis and Tolkien), Creation Narratives, Eastern Religious Myth, and the Philosophy and Theology of Horror. In addition to examining the theology of the selective texts, time will be spent exploring the relationship between theology and literature—that is, why did these authors choose these particular forms to relate their religious convictions and theological insights?

REL 3520 MODERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (3 s.h.)

This course begins with the Enlightenment and explores the effects of the Enlightenment on modern religious thought and religion in America. The course asks the question, where is “religious truth” found? In the teachings of the church, in the Bible, in the world, in the inspiration of the heart? And is religion primarily about what we think, what we feel, or what we do? This seminar uses selected primary readings from European and American theologians to discuss competing views of the task of the theologian and of what religion is and should be about in the modern world. This course is offered in the fall in even years.

REL 4030 READING THE BIBLE (3 s.h.)

Exploration of diverse reading strategies (historical, literary, ideological criticism, etc.) in different content areas of the Bible (Prophets, Gospels, etc.) Prerequisite: REL 2010or 2020or permission of the instructor. This course is offered in the spring semester in odd-numbered years. Can be repeated for credit.

REL 4040 MYTH AND CULTURE (3 s.h.)

An examination of myth and culture through a reading of scholarly literature and myth. Cross listed as ENG 4040. Creditable to one program only: English or Religion. This course is offered in the spring semester in even-numbered years.

REL 4050 EARLY CHRISTIANITY (3 s.h.)

This course explores the development of Christianity from Pentecost to the High Middle Ages. It examines the emergence of Christianity and its unique understanding of God and salvation, as well as its later dominance as it became intertwined with the Roman Empire and lived out in Medieval Europe. This course is offered in the fall semester in odd-numbered years.

REL 4060 REFORMATION EUROPE (3 s.h.)

This course explores the religious developments that took place from the Late Middle Ages through the Reformation era in their political and cultural contexts. Emphasis is placed on the institutional and intellectual life of the period and the ways in which the religious conflict of the period had ramifications for the subsequent course of modern Western history and theology. This course is offered in the spring semester in even-numbered years.

REL 4850 SEMINAR IN RELIGION (1-3 s.h.)

Significant works, problems, and thinkers in the field of religion. Topics vary. Can be repeated for credit. Cross listed with PHI 4850 when the topic is applicable. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. This course is offered as needed.

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