Religion Courses

List of Courses:
  • 101 - Introduction to the Bible
    An overview of the literature, history, and theology of the Bible, with special focus on the varieties of literature in the Bible, their relationship with one another, and their particular historical contexts. (A student who receives credit for either REL 110 or REL 120 may not receive credit for REL 101 and vice versa.)
  • 110 - The Old Testament
    Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures as history, as literature, and as a statement of faith. God's covenant with Israel forms a unifying motif, seen against the background of the ancient Near East. A brief overview of the New Testament is also included. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses REL 101 or REL 110.)
  • 120 - The New Testament
    An introductory overview of the thought-world, times, texts, and teachings of the New Testament, with special focus on its enduring relevance and impact, the identity of Jesus, and what it means to be his follower. A brief overview of the Old Testament is also included. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses REL 101 or REL 120.)
  • 150C - Readings on C. S. History
  • 200 - Women in the Bible
    This course identifies women in the biblical and apocryphal narratives, the socio-historical and cultural factors that affect their presentation, and the various approaches that feminists take in applying exegetical and interpretive techniques to identify bias, engage in critical and faithful reflection, and create awareness of how this literature impacts modern understandings of women and women's roles. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 215 - The Hebrew Prophets
    Prophecy as a quest for leadership and as insight into social and moral conditions in Israel before, during, and after the exile. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 218 - Wisdom Literature and Psalms
    Close reading of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, with reference to wisdom traditions of the ancient Near East. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 222 - The Bible and the Environment
    This course critically examines and interprets relevant biblical texts within the context of the current ecological crisis with the intent of articulating a biblical case that responds to the challenge to live faithfully and responsibly as stewards of the Earth and its resources. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 224 - Christian Gospels
    An examination of the origins and development of Christian gospels in and outside the New Testament canon, as historical, literary, and theological products of the early Church, and of their contemporary interpretations. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 225 - The Bible & Comparative Ethics
    A survey of systems of biblical ethics and their basis in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures serves as the basis for comparative study of other religious and secular systems of ethics, and the interaction between ethical teachings of world religions. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 227 - Paul the Apostle
    An exploration of the life, letters, thought and impact of the prolific and controversial apostle. The book of Acts, Paul's letters and those attributed to him, are examined in order to better understand both the man and the message. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 230 - Faith and Film
    Students will develop evaluative and critical skills for use in their encounter with the medium of film. These skills will be applied both to films with explicitly religious and spiritual themes, as well as to films in which such themes are more hidden and implicit. Theories of film criticism and biblical scholarship and sensitivity will be employed as students view, discuss, review, and research a variety of popular films. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 231 - History of Christianity
    An exploration of the Christian churches from their beginnings in the apostolic period to their most recent expressions in the twenty-first century. The course considers how Christianity has shaped societies and how societies have shaped Christianity. Major movements, leading figures, theological developments, and religious trends will be examined to better understand the global spectrum of Christian expressions. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 260 - Religion in America
    An historical survey of religious groups and movements that shaped and were shaped by the American experience.
  • 261 - Living Religions of the East
    Introduction to religions of the non-western world, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism.
  • 300 - Biblical Interpretation
    An analysis and practicum of the methods scholars and others have used to interpret biblical literature, from antiquity to the present. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 304 - Topics in Biblical Studies
    A seminar on a topic in biblical studies at the advanced level. The content varies, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of nine semester hours provided the topics differ. Prerequisite: REL 101, REL 110, REL 120, or one course with a BIBL attribute completed before Fall 2011.
  • 310 - Topics in Religious Studies
    A seminar on a topic in religious studies at the advanced level. The content varies, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. Topic areas include comparative religions, history of religions, philosophy and ethics of religions, and religion in society. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of nine semester hours provided the topics differ. Prerequisite: at least one REL course.
  • 332 - The Life of Mary Baker Eddy
    An historical survey of the life and times of Mary Baker Eddy, from her childhood through her work as Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science. Prerequisite: completion of one course in religion, history, or philosophy.
  • 386C - Impact of MBE's 1898 Class
  • 401 - Capstone Project
    A selected topic, area, or problem providing opportunity for survey, investigation, research, creative activity, or approved travel-study. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken three times up to a total of six semester hours. May be offered on an independent contract basis.
  • 401C - Capstone Project

Religion 215: Hebrew Prophets

What would you be willing to do to deliver an important message from God?

Would you lay next to a brick for over a year?  Or wear a yoke of wood around your neck? How about walk around naked and barefoot for three years?