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Religion Courses

For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

REL 310-The Psychology and Sociology of Religion (3)

This course introduces the student to various sociological and psychological approaches to the study of religion, as well as the effects that religion has upon these aspects of human existence. Such topics as the phenomenon of civil religion, attraction to cults, and the psychological aspects of the process of religious conversion will be examined in detail.

 

REL 314-World Religions (3)

An introduction to the cultural background, historical development, main tenets, and philosophical system of the leading living non-Christian religions as compared and contrasted with the Christian world view.

 

REL 321-Reformation Thought (3)

Study of the chief doctrinal reformulations of the major wings of the Reformation: German, Swiss, English, Radical, and Counter. Primary attention given to Luther and Calvin.

 

REL 323-Early Christian Thought (3)

Study of the writings and theology of the fathers of the early Church from the time of the Apostles to the period of the great ecumenical councils, and an analysis of those ideas and events in the development of the earliest teachings of the Church.

 

REL 342-History of Christianity (3)

Development of institutions of the Christian church from its inception to the present.

 

REL 344-Catholicism and Orthodoxy (3)

A study of the current state of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches, with a view to understanding contemporary doctrinal issues as well as the political and social issues which concern these divisions of the Christian Church.

 

REL 347-New Age and the Occult (3)

A course designed to introduce students to the various facets of the New Age Movement and occult religious practices as contemporary phenomena in the Western world.

 

REL 351-The Black Church in America (3)

The creation and development of the Black Church as a social institution in the United States. The influence of the church on the political, economic, social, and spiritual life of the Black community.

 

REL 352-Religion in Latin America (3)

A history of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America and the role it has played in shaping social and political institutions. Special attention will be given to the influences of indigenous religious movements, liberation theology, and Protestant missions.

 

REL 354- Islam in the West (3)

This course will provide a detailed account and analysis of the arrival of Muslims in the West (i.e., Europe and America), the problems they have faced in terms of bias and prejudice, the ways in which they have adapted to living in countries that are not under Muslim

law, and the ways in which they seek to convert others to their faith in those countries.

 

REL 392-Latin America Overseas Summer Study Program (2)

This two-week course combines an overseas study trip to Latin America with classroom instruction. Students will have the opportunity to observe cross-cultural missions firsthand by visiting churches and other ministries such as Alliance Academy, Bible seminaries, radio, and evangelism outreach. Classroom instruction will examine the history of Catholic and Protestant missions and the Charismatic movement in Latin America, as well as models of ministry.

 

REL 413-History of Christian Spirituality (3)

A historical study of both the eastern and western traditions of Christian spirituality from the era of the Early Fathers to modern day practices. Forms and patterns of personal and group prayer will be explored and students will be encouraged to employ historical forms of devotion in their personal life and ministry.

 

REL 433-History of Religion in America (3)

The history of Christian and non-Christian religions and the cults in America.

 

REL 441-Philosophy of Religion (3)

The course centers on questions concerning the relationship between faith and reason, the attributes of God, and the nature of things like: miracles, evil, and religious experience.

 

REL 442-South Asian Religions (3)

A detailed examination of the history, doctrines, and practices of the adherents of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism with a view to being able to contextualize and communicate the Gospel to these adherents effectively.

 

REL 443-Alternative Religious Movements in America (3)

An introduction to the doctrines and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Christian Science, Seventh Day Adventism, Scientology, The Unification Church, and others.

 

REL 445-Islam (3)

A detailed examination of the history, doctrines, and practices of the adherents of Islam with a view to being able to contextualize and communicate the Gospel to these adherents effectively.

 

REL 446-History of Judaism (3)

A detailed examination of the history, doctrines, and practices of the adherents of Judaism from the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 to the present day.

 

REL 448-East Asian Religions (3)

A detailed examination of the history, doctrines, and practices of the adherents of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism with a view to being able to contextualize and communicate the Gospel to these adherents effectively.

 

REL 470-Topics in Religious Studies (3)

A seminar course that allows students to explore topics of particular relevance to the field of contemporary religious studies. Topics such as the following will be explored: Religion in Science Fiction, Religious Themes in Film, Neo-Paganism, Religious and Violence, Religion and the Environment.

 

REL 480-Independent Study (1-3)

Guided study in an approved topic in Religion. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.

 

REL 490-Internship (1-3)

The practical application of religious knowledge in an applied setting will be studied. The location and nature of the internship for the Learning Contract must be approved by the Department Head and the Dean.