Religion courses

CEY210 - Foundations of Practical Theology
This course examines the issues involved in Practical Theology. We beginwith the biblical / philosophical/theological foundations of ministry, andmove into such practical issues such as discipleship, small groups,leadership, administration, dealing with difficult issues, and planningactivities. The goal is to equip students to begin formulating a vision forministry as they prepare to enter into leadership positions in churches andother organizations. (4 credits)
CEY215 - Spiritual Formation, Discipleship and Youth
In this course students will explore the identity of the church byengaging biblical, historical, cultural, and missional perspectives,grounding the life and ministry of the church in God?s ministry to the worldin Jesus Christ. More specifically, this course will focus on the nature androle of youth ministry as an expression of this ministry as students arecalled to enter into the experiences of young people within contemporaryWestern culture. Prerequisite: REL 250. (4 credits)
CEY310 - Leadership Development
CEY315 - Philosophy of Adolescent Ministry
CEY320 - Teaching and Learning Strategies
CEY330 - Special Topics in CE/YM
CEY335 - Theology and Church Ministry
In this course students will explore the identity of the church byengaging biblical, historical, cultural, and missional perspectives,grounding the life and ministry of the church in God?s ministry to the worldin Jesus Christ. More specifically, this course will focus on the nature androle of youth ministry as an expression of this ministry as students arecalled to enter into the experiences of young people within contemporaryWestern culture. Prerequisite: REL 250. (4 credits; alternate years,consult department)
CEY380 - Narrative and Spiritual Formation
CEY398 - Directed Study
CEY401 - Integrated Field Experience I
CEY402 - Integrated Field Experience II
CEY417 - Internship
GRE101 - Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture
This course will focus on learning the basics of koine Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament writings. Readings and translation will focus on the Gospel and Letters of John. The New Testament writings will be examined in light of their social-historical and literary settings within Hellenistic Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman world.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
GRE102LA - Elementary Biblical Greek and Culture
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Language and Culture) This course (a continuation of Greek 101) will focus on learning the basics of koine Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament writings. Readings and translation will focus on the Gospel and Letters of John. The New Testament writings will be examined in light of their social-historical and literary settings within Hellenistic Judaism and the broader Greco-Roman world. Prerequisite: GRE101.
GRE201 - Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture
GRE202 - Intermediate Biblical Greek and Culture
HEB101 - Elementary Biblical Hebrew and Culture
This course will focus on learning the basics of biblical Hebrew (vocabulary and grammar) and the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the Old Testament. Readings from the different types of literature in the Hebrew Bible will be incorporated into the course work. The Old Testament writings will be studied against the historical and social backgrounds of the ancient Near East.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
HEB102LA - Elementary Biblical Hebrew and Culture
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Languageand Culture) This course will build on the foundation laid in Hebrew 101 by equippingstudents to grasp the basics of biblical Hebrew grammar in light of itscultural and linguistic background. Readings from the different types ofliterature in the Hebrew Bible will be incorporated into the coursework asstudents develop confidence in speaking Hebrew and interpreting thesewritings. As a course that satisfies the IGE Language and Culturerequirement, students will also explore what it means to read biblicalHebrew with sensitivity toward scholarship, culture, and faith. Prerequisite: HEB101.
REL150 - Christian Story I: Biblical Tradition
REL210 - Christian Spirituality
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REL250 - Christian Story II: Theological Tradition
REL260 - Christian Ethics
A biblically based, theologically and historically informed study of both personal and social moral issues from a Christian perspective. (2 credits, offered at the discretion of the department, consult department)
REL280 - History of Christianity
A survey of the development of Christianity from the apostolic period to the contemporary world. Themes examined will include the separation of Church and Synagogue, Christianity in the Roman Empire, ecumenical councils, missionary expansion of the church in Europe and Asia, monasticism, the church in the High Middle Ages, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, Confessionalism and the Wars of Religion, Puritanism, Pietism, The Enlightenment, Christianity and European Colonialism, Revivalism, Modernism and Evangelicalism, modern missionary expansion, the ecumenical movement, and Christianity as a global religion. (4 credits)
REL290 - Christian Witness and Community Development
An examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), as reasoned response (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as the practice of social justice. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits)
REL294 - Introduction to Christian Missions
A general overview of the biblical foundations and historical evolution of Christian mission, with special emphasis upon the modern development of mission theory and practice.Prerequisite:REL250(2 credits)
REL295 - Intercultural Communication
REL310 - Christian Spirituality
(2 credits)A study of the meaning, purpose and practices of Christian spirituality asthis has been understood in the Christian tradition. The course emphasizesthe practice of spiritual disciplines and the relevance of spirituality inour contemporary world.Prerequisite: REL250.
REL317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies
A study of a single book or larger section of the Old Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the Old Testament. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the Pentateuch, the Historical Writings, the Prophets, and the Poetic and Wisdom books.Prerequisites: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL322 - Topics in New Testament Studies
A study of a single book or larger section of the New Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the New Testament. Possible topics include the Synoptic Gospels, the Book of Acts, the Johannine Literature, the Epistolary Literature, the Apocalypse.Prerequisite: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL328WI - Biblical Interpretation and Theology
(4 credits) (Writing intensive)An examination of the past and present methods and proposals for BiblicalInterpretation and Biblical Theology. The course will analyze and critiquevarious models for hermeneutics and theological interpretation and alsoassist students in constructing exegetical methods that are biblicallybased, theologically informed and culturally relevant. In this WritingIntensive course for Religion and CE/YM majors, students will developresearch and writing skills that will benefit them in a variety ofvocational paths within the field of religion.Prerequisite: REL150.
REL335 - Theology and Church Ministry
In this course students will explore the identity of the church byengaging biblical, historical, cultural, and missional perspectives,grounding the life and ministry of the church in GodRs ministry to the worldin Jesus Christ. More specifically, this course will focus on the nature androle of youth ministry as an expression of this ministry as students arecalled to enter into the experiences of young people within contemporaryWestern culture. Prerequisite: REL 250. (4 credits; alternate years,consult department)
REL340 - Heart of Worship
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of an interdisciplinary area of religion, not sufficiently covered by other courses, in response to student or faculty interests. This course will explore Christian worship: its history and branches, its underlying liturgical and sacramental theology, and principles and practices of worship leadership. Students are encouraged to connect their own worshipping experiences with course content in order to understand why their congregations came to worship as they do.
REL345 - Theology of Worship
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A biblical, historical, and theological study of Christian worship from classical and contemporary perspectives. This course fulfills a requirement in the Worship Arts Major and complements the introduction to the elements and experience of worship in the Art of Worship course.Prerequisite: REL250.
REL350 - Theology and Popular Culture
This course explores the relationship between Christian faith and culture.It will begin by establishing a biblical and theological approach tocultural engagement, as well as a brief historical survey of how theChristian community has engaged issue of faith and culture in differenthistorical and cultural moments. An important part of this course will bean interdisciplinary exploration of the fields of "cultural theory" and"popular culture", specifically focusing upon what they have to contributeto different forms of Christian ministry. Finally, this course will provethe opportunity for students to begins to articulate what it means to livefaithfully with a diversity of cultural contexts. Prerequisite: REL 250. (4credits; alternate years, consult department)
REL370 - Calvin and Calvinism
A study of John Calvin's INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, as well as a survey of other varieties of Reformed theology, including later Calvinism. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL375 - Topics in Theology
A study of one or more standard areas of theology, (such as the doctrines of Revelation, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things) from a classical as well as a contemporary perspective.Prerequisites: REL110 and 262.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL382 - Religion in America
Focusing on the Christian tradition, this course will examine the individual, institutions, movements and faith traditions which have shaped and contributed to the American religious experience. To understand both the variety of and unity within the pluralist religious landscape, the course will seek to evaluate the interrelationship between religion and the broader social, cultural and political aspects of the American experience.(4 credits)
REL384 - Topics in the History of Christianity
A historical study of a religious group, theological movement or important leader in the history of the Christian church.(2 credits, offered on demand or discretion of department, consult department)
REL385 - Topics in Religion
A study of an interdisciplinary area of religion, not sufficiently covered by other courses, in response to student or faculty interests.Prerequisite: REL262 or permission of instructor.(2-4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL390CC - World Religions
The major religionsof the world are examined in the light of Christian faith. This courseemphasizes the interaction of religion and culture with a view tocross-cultural understanding. In-depth research into a specific topicrelated to world religions is required. (4 credits) (NWCore option underCross-Cultural Engagement)
REL392 - Topics in Missiology
A topical and selective study of major missiological themes, permitting students to read and reflect intensively upon the nature and challenge of Christian mission. Topics will vary from year to year. Sample topics might include Religious Conversion, The Finality of Christ in a Pluralistic World, Interfaith Dialogue, Contextualization, Women in Mission Yesterday and Today.Prerequisite: REL294 or permission of instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
REL398 - Directed Study
REL417 - Internship
(2 credits may apply toward the major)
REL420 - Topics in Christian Community Development
REL472SR - Bible, Theology and Vocation: Exploring Texts and Contexts
This disciplinary capstone course fulfills both the NWCore Senior Seminar(SR) requirement and a requirement for Religion and CE/YM majors. Buildingon the basic FYS questions (Who am I? Who are my neighbors? How will we livein the world?), this course will explore the intersection of biblicaltheology with one's vocation in light of scripture and Christian theologicalreflection. Students will complete weekly writing assignments, participatein seminar leadership through presiding and lecturing, and complete a majorfinal paper in which they reflect on their college curricular andco-curricular experiences, engage biblical and theological texts in light ofa variety of ancient and modern cultural contexts, and reflect on theirfaith development and sense of vocation. Prerequisites: REL 150, REL 250, and senior class standing. The course isopen to students of other majors. (4 credits)
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