RELI: Religion (Undergraduate)

RELI 1122  Introduction to the Bible  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this study is to give the student the opportunity to examine the Holy Bible from a variety of different perspectives, IE. Historical, Theological, Literary, Contemporary.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 2025  Introduction to Religious Studies  (4 Credits)  

Learn about a variety of religious texts and practices from a 'religious studies' perspective. For example, consider ways in which religious behaviors and traditions create a world; examine religious traditions and how they account human experience and how life should be lived; looks at how people go about being 'religious.' This course was previously CUL-222034 Introduction to Religious Studies.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 2122  New Testament Survey  (4 Credits)  

This course will examine the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament. Topics covered will include; The First Century World, The Synoptic Gospels, the Quest for the Historical Jesus, the Johannine Literature, Paul and Jesus, and Pauline Theology.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 3122  The Gospels and Letters of John  (4 Credits)  

Through this study the student will examine in depth the theology, literature, and historical context of the Johannine Literature. Some of the specific topics that will be covered in this study will include the issue of authorship, the issue of anti-Semitism in the Gospel of John, the relationship between the 21st Chapter and the rest of the gospel, the identity of the "beloved disciple," Gnosticism and the Gospel, the relationship between the fourth gospel and the synoptic gospels, and the issue of Semitic origins vs. Hellenistic origins. The student will also consider the meaning and theological significance of such words and phrases as "Word," "light" and "darkness," "faith," "glory," "Son of God," and "life".

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 3127  Luke-Acts  (4 Credits)  

Through this study the student will have the opportunity to examine in depth the Gospel of St. Luke, and the Book of Acts. In the process the student will use literary and historical methods of criticism to analyze understand the character and contents of Luke’s Gospel and Acts. Some of the topics covered will include Luke and the Synoptic Gospels, Christology and Pneumatology in Luke-Acts, The application of “Form Criticism” to Luke’s Gospel. Literary Cultural theoretical methods applied to the Lukan “Parables of Jesus.” IE. The Prodigals Son, and the Rich Man and Lazarus.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 3132  New Testament Survey  (4 Credits)  

This course will examine the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament. Topics covered will include; The First Century World, The Synoptic Gospels, the Quest for the Historical Jesus, the Johannine Literature, Paul and Jesus, and Pauline Theology.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 3998  Individualized Studies in RELI  (2-8 Credits)  
RELI 4005  Comparative Religious Ethics  (4 Credits)  

In this study, we will examine the core ethical/moral teachings and principles of the following religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The relationship between these traditions and the issues of war and violence will be explored. Methods of ethical reasoning and critical thinking will be applied to the ethical dilemmas that arise across the narrative history of these traditions as students develop a mature understanding in the field of comparative religious ethics.

RELI 4010  Religious Thought in World Perspective  (4 Credits)  

Learn about a variety of religious traditions, customs, scriptures, liturgies in order to better understand how religious thought and practice has shaped the landscape of human culture in various civilizations. This course was previously CUL-224034 Religious Thought in World Perspective

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 4122  The Religious Thought of Paul  (4 Credits)  

This study will provide the student with the opportunity to critically examine the writings of Paul from an academic-non-sectarian perspective.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 4127  The Apocalypse of John Reconsidered  (4 Credits)  

Through this study, students will have the opportunity to investigate the various literary and historical interpretations of the Controversial Book of Revelation in the New Testament.

Attributes: Liberal

RELI 4998  Individualized Studies in RELI  (2-8 Credits)