Religious Studies Course Descriptions
REL 210 Understanding the Old Testament
Students explore the basic teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures as represented in the teachings, prophets and poetry of the Old Testament. This course gives attention tothe Old Testament's meaning in its own historical setting, as well as its connections to the New Testament and Christianity. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (Prior to Fall 2009)
REL 212 Christian Faith and Practice
This course will explore the intellectual content of historic Christian faith as it has been expressed in the ecumenical creeds and other features of its intellectual tradition. Students will be immersed in the unique contributions of the three great communions of Christian Tradition (Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism) and in the Wesleyan spiritual tradition that underlies DWU. The class will outline aspects of Christian spirituality such as prayer, meditation and lectio divina with a view toward how these beliefs and practices can be re-energizing for contemporary spirituality. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
REL 215 The Life and Teaching of Jesus
This course examines the Gospels in their historical setting and contemporary significance, and is aimed at understanding what we know about Jesus and the life style he lived and taught. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)
REL 216 The Life and Letters of Paul
This course examines Paul's life and letters in the context of the growth and problems of the early churches. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)
REL 302 Faith and Reason
This class will explore the tensions between faith and reason, the reasonableness of historic Christian Faith and the tensions between religion and science. It will shed light on questions concerning belief in God, the scriptures as divine revelation, views on interpretation of the biblical creation stories, science and design inferences from science.
REL 314 World Religions
This course is a comparative survey of the major religious systems of the world, both Eastern and Western, with emphasis on those religions currently in practice. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions, Cultural Awareness (effective by 2009)
REL 360 Death, Dying, and Life after Death
The course explores the biological process of dying, the various meanings that cultures attach to death and what different world religions teach about life after death. The course gives attention to near-death experiences, the process of grieving and the biblical concepts of immortality of the soul, resurrection of the body and eternal life. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)
REL 385 Classics of the Christian Faith
This course explores key writers of the Christian tradition who interpreted Christian faith so as to impact not only their own age but following generations of Christians. Particular focus will be paid to Augustine, Wesley and Lewis.
PHL 101 Philosophy of Life
An introduction to the realms of philosophy and religion, PHL 101 consists of anexamination of values for living and of the variety of systems of meaning that humans have constructed for themselves in answering life's important questions. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)
PHL 212 Introduction to Critical Thinking
This survey examines the methods of logical thinking and the rules for preciseness and certainty through deductive and inductive reasoning. The course empahsizes practical applications for recognizing common fallacies, propaganda and advertising techniques. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective fall 2009)
PHL 220 Introduction to Ethical Issues
This course examines ethical decision making in the context of contemporary issues that are a part of our personal and social life, such as lying, sexual morality, capital punishment, war and euthanasia. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)
REL 240 Sexuality/Spirituality/Loving
A study of the ethics of sexuality and the values associated with our physical exsistence, this course examines the basic physiology of human reproduction and discusses emotional and ethical issues surrounding sexual relationships. The course also gives attention to diverse beliefs about spirituality and sexuality in Judaism, Christianity and their Scriptures. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)
REL 275 Field Experience
REL 323 Biblical Interpretation/Proclamatn
This course will introduce students to best principles and practices for biblical interpretation. The class will explore the history of biblical interpretation, biblical interpretation as it is practiced within the Bible itself, and various theories of text interpretation. The class will seek to train students in best practices for teaching and preaching the scriptures in a church context. Prerequisites: REL210, REL215 or REL216
REL 370 Pop Culture & Theology
This course explores the understandings of God found in all types of media (advertising, celebrities, music, movies, television, fashion, sports, art, and video games). Advocating neither wholehearted acceptance nor rejection of pop culture, students will analyze critically the media around them. They will become aware of the âsilent shapingâ of media in their theology and define a theology of God through it. General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity (2009 - current) General Education: Religion and Philosophical Conception (prior to 2009)
REL 415 Theology of John Wesley
A survey of the history and theology of theUnited Methodist tradition, this course begins with John Wesley and the rise of early Methodism, and ends with contemporary thinking and issues in the United Methodist Church. (Prior to Fall 2009)
REL 450 Internship
Refer to REL 250.
REL 461 Travel Seminar
The seminar provides credit for travel on mission trips or visits to important sacred places. The course includes background reading and evaluative reports. General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Cultureal Awareness (prior to fall 2009)
REL 499 Selected Topics-Advanced
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