Religious Studies : Courses

RSP 113 Myth and Religion in the Ancient World

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides an introduction to the mythology of the Greeks and Romans. In addition to considering the myths themselves, we study how they have been employed by ancient through contemporary cultures as reflected in areas ranging from religious and social practice to works of art and architecture.

RSP 210 Introduction to the Old Testament

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the traditions of the Hebrews throughout the patriarchal narrative of Genesis; the law corpus in Exodus; and the early history in Judges, Samuel, and Kings. Studies texts in the context of history and literature of the ancient Near East.

RSP 211 Introduction to Catholicism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the history, beliefs, and practices of Catholic Christianity. Examines issues in contemporary Catholicism and its relationship to American society.

RSP 213 World Religions

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the world's religious systems and their cultural bases, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, and modern religious substitutes.

RSP 218 Jesus: His Life and History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Investigates the life and history of Jesus. As we explore the facts, opinions, and meaning attendant to the Historical Jesus, we examine the difficulties of such an intellectual and historical inquiry, review the controversies consequent to this famous scholarly pursuit, and assess our own position and thinking.

RSP 220 Christian Spirituality

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Classic thinkers of Christianity, examines spirituality and spiritual formation. Analysis of the writings of devotional, mystic, and intellectual writers from five periods of Christian history, coving approximately 30 major contributors.

RSP 223 Western Church History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the development of the Christian church in western European history from Pentecost to the start of the Enlightenment. Covers material in three major divisions of time: the ancient church (to A.D. 600), the medieval church (600-1517), and the Reformation church (1517-1700). Emphasizes the important leaders and issues of each era.

RSP 224 American Church History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys the Christian church's background and development in American history from the first establishment to the present era. Emphasizes major individuals associated with the American church, and covers material in four major divisions: the colonial era (1607-1789), the national era (1790-1860), the federal era (1861-1919), and the modern era (1920-present).

RSP 231 Paul and the Early Church

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (1st Corinthians) and early church struggles for orthodoxy.

RSP 242 New Testament Literature and Thought

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Selected topics chosen from the New Testament: the incarnation's significance, sacrifice, resurrection, apocalyptic expectation, and so forth.

RSP 244 Workshop in New Testament

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the first-century Christian church's development in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor, and Rome. Also explores non-Pauline New Testament literature and pseudo-epigraphic works, such as the Book of Enoch, letters of Ignatius, Gospel of Thomas, Shepherd of Hermes, and the Apologetics.

RSP 245 Gospel of Luke and Acts

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Engages in a comprehensive study of Luke's gospel-its literary structure, characteristics, primary sources, and content followed by an intensive investigation of his account of the spread of Jesus's gospel by the early disciples in Acts, primarily Peter and Paul.

RSP 246 Gospel of John and Apocalypse

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Undertakes a comprehensive study of the fourth gospel, including its authorship, time, and situation of composition; and its unique theological perspective. By way of comparison and contrast, the course examines the book of Apocalypse or Revelations.

RSP 260 Introduction to Christian Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers specific ethical issues in light of the message of Jesus, the Christian concept of love, how ethical decisions are made, and the role of Jesus in ethics.

RSP 282 Christianity in Western Culture

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the interplay and cross-fertilization of European cultures and the various branches of the Christian religion; examines these in a historical and contemporary context.

RSP 288 Old Testament Prophets

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Using Biblical texts, studies the prophetic vision of the Old Testament and relates it to the realities of life of Israel's people personally, as well as socially and politically.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:45 EST