Institute of Leadership and Christian Witness

Religious Studies

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REL 121 Introduction to World's Religions

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This survey course provides a general survey (through ecumenical lens) on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and provides an introduction to Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Bahai. The course does not only introduce students to the world’s major religions via consideration of their respective founders, seminal figures, sacred texts, central teachings, core beliefs, ethic and values system and history but, also, by examining how each of the religions, respectively, view the human condition; human inclination towards transcendence; and ethical responsibilities/tasks.

COURSE PURPOSE:

The purpose of this course is to help students gain knowledge of the major religions of the world and their historical development and evolution without prejudice toward any religious tradition.

REL 122 JUDAISM

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course discusses the history of Israel as narrated in the Hebrew Scriptures. Major sections of the Jewish Bible are explained together with their role in the life of ancient Israel. Further discussions are on Rabbinic Judaism and the Talmud. We also discuss the Jewish-Christian relations and dialogue, including the problem of the Holocaust. Other topics of discussion include: salient features of contemporary Judaism and Judaism in the modern world, as well as the general responses of Jews (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform) to modernity.

COURSE PURPOSE:

The purpose of the course is to enable students relay the narrative of Israel’s history in the Hebrew Scriptures. We help students explain the major sections of the Jewish Bible and their role in the life of ancient Israel. This includes discussions on Rabbinic Judaism and the Talmud. Students are empowered to explain the issues with Jewish-Christian relations and dialogue, including the problem of the Holocaust as well as other salient features of contemporary Judaism and Judaism in the modern world.

REL 123 CHRISTIANITY

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is an inquiry into history, theological, spiritual, and institutional history of Christianity from the time of Jesus until the present. This course introduces students to the life, teachings, Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Students also learn about the role of Paul, his life, mission and teaching for the New Testament and Christian soteriology, i.e. theology of salvation. We also discuss modern biblical scholarship and the New Testament. The student is also introduced to the major periods and figures of Christian history. The module explains the differences between Roman Catholicism, Eastern Christianity, and Protestantism. The final section helps students identify salient features of contemporary Christianity and Christianity in the modern world and summarize the different Christian responses to modernity.

COURSE PURPOSE:

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to to summarize the life, teachings, Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. They will also be able to explain the role of Paul, his life, mission and teaching for the New Testament and Christian soteriology, i.e. theology of salvation. The course is also geared to helping students discuss modern biblical scholarship and the New Testament as well as explain fundamental Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ’s person and work. Students should also be able to summarize the major periods and figures of Christian history; discuss the differences between Roman Catholicism, Eastern Christianity, and Protestantism.

REL 124 ISLAM

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This introduces students to the key texts, beliefs and practices of the religion of Islam. It begins with a methodological introduction and a historical introduction to the rise of Islam, the life of Prophet Muhammad and the early appearance of the main sectarian divisions. Students also study the nature and history of the Quran and the Hadīth. The course examines particular aspects of Islamic practice and belief. Students are equally introduced to religious law, theology, philosophy, Sufism and political thought from the earliest period to the present. The course explores central themes in these fields relevant to the contemporary situation. The course is based on Islamic works (including the Holy Quran) translated into English.

COURSE PURPOSE:

The purpose is to introduce students to some of the main methodologies in Islamic Studies; to the background and rise of Islam in its historical setting; to some selected Qur’an and Hadīth texts; to the content and significance of practices and beliefs of Islam; and to the main branches and traditions of Islam.

REL 125 HINDUISM

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to introduce students to the stages of the development of Hinduism from pre-historic times noting important developments. The students will be introduced to major sections of the Hindu Scriptures and how they relate to the historical development of Hinduism (including Upanishadic Hinduism.) Discussion is also offered on the role of evolution in Hindu thought and practice while identifying salient features of contemporary Hinduism and modern Hinduism. The module also gives a brief introduction to Jainism’s beliefs and practices.

COURSE PURPOSE:

The purpose is to enable students relate the stages of the development of Hinduism from pre-historic times noting important developments. Students will also be able to explain the major sections of the Hindu Scriptures and how they relate to the historical development of Hinduism as well as discuss Upanishadic Hinduism. This includes Jainism’s beliefs and practices as well as the evolution in Hindu thought and practice.

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