Religion Classes

RL122 Religion and the Human Adventure. 3 hours. This is an introduction to the ways in which religion provides meaning and purpose for human life. The course includes a study of a variety of religious traditions, beliefs, and practices. Prerequisite to all upper-level courses in Religion.

RL190 Special Topics. 1-3 hours. This is an introductory course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL201 Old Testament. 3 hours.This is a survey of Old Testament literature, concentrating on the faith of Israel and its relevance for today. Fall.

RL202 New Testament. 3 hours. This is a survey of New Testament literature, concentrating on the faith of the early church and its relevance for today. Spring.

RL203 Explorations in Christian Thought. 3 hours. Students examine the resources of the Christian faith with special concern for its relevance to twentieth-century life. Prerequisite: RL122. Fall.

RL205 Introduction to Church Leadership. 3 hours. This course provides the practical framework for developing and executing leadership skills in a church setting. It is designed, in particular, to assist students pursuing the Religion and Church Leadership major but can be of use to other students as well. The course does not meet the Common Core leadership requirement and does not meet the Tier Two Humanities requirement.

RL225 Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours. This is a study of the nature of religion and of the relation of philosophy to theology. Attention is given to such problems as the existence of God, knowledge of God, faith, religious language, evil, immortality, and eschatology. Cross-listed with PL225. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered years.

RL260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-3 hours.

RL290 Special Topics. 1-3 hours. This is an intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL301 Mission and Message of Jesus. 3 hours. This is a study of the four gospels—using the tools of critical scholarship—to understand Jesus and his teachings and the faith of the early Christian community which produced these writings. Prerequisite: RL122. Even-numbered Falls.

RL302 Paul and the Early Church. 3 hours. This is a study of the Pauline epistles, of the Acts of the Apostles, and of non-orthodox Christian traditions that sought expression during the formative years of Christianity. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered Falls.

RL303 The Prophets. 3 hours. This is a study of the origins of Old Testament prophecy and of the contributions to the religion of Israel by Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered Springs.

RL310 Biblical Literature and the Ancient World. 3 hours. This is a survey of the archaeological records and of the material history of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine, with emphasis on their religions. Special attention will be given to the archaeological backgrounds of the Old and New Testaments and of the development of biblical faith in relation to its historical and cultural contents. Prerequisite: RL122.

RL314 World Religions Today. 3 hours. This is a study of the theoretical, practical, and sociological expressions of religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Cross-listed with PL314. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered years.

RL331 History of Christianity I. 3 hours. This is a study of the Christian church from the close of the apostolic age to the Reformation; attention is centered on the emergence of Christian theology, on the evolution of ecclesiastical institutions, and on Christian biography. Prerequisites: RL122 and Sophomore standing.

RL332 History of Christianity II. 3 hours. This is a study of selected topics in the history of the Christian church from the Reformation to the present; attention is centered on theological developments, on changes in ecclesiastical structures, and on Christian biography. Prerequisites: RL122 and Sophomore standing.

RL333 History of American Methodism. 3 hours. This is a study of the development of English Methodism with focus of the Methodist movement in America. Students consider the influences of major American historical events on the church and the church's influence on historical, political, and social developments in America. Prerequisite: RL122.

RL336 Thanatology. 3 hours. This is a cross-cultural study of many aspects of the phenomena of death and dying, and of the associated rituals and processes accompanying them. Prerequisite: RL122. Even-numbered years.

RL360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-3 hours.

RL390 Special Topics. 1-3 hours. This is an advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL480 Religion Capstone. 3 hours. This course is open only to Seniors majoring in Religion, except by division chair's permission.

 
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