Courses

General Major: Biblical and Theological Studies (10 courses)

Minor: Biblical and Theological Studies (6 courses)

Course Details

REL-121
From the Word to the World: An Introduction to Theological Study

An introduction to theology acquainting students with the major areas of specialization. While emphasizing that the areas overlap and are inter-related, the course examines the areas of theology according to their distinctive foci, methods, and goals.


REL-201
Theological Interpretation of the Bible

An introduction to the theological reading and interpretative practices of reading Scripture. This course involves a survey of biblical interpretation and the variety of methodologies that have been used to study Scripture.

Prerequisites:
REL-110

REL-216
Church History I

A study of the Christian Church from the first century through the Middle Ages, focusing on the development of doctrine and ecclesiastical institutions.


REL-218
Church History II

A study of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the present, focusing on doctrinal development and divergence, the division of Western Christendom, the impact of the Enlightenment, and ecumenical initiatives.


REL-222
Introduction to Biblical Greek I

An introduction to the basic structures, grammar, and vocabulary of biblical Greek (Koine).

Prerequisites:
REL-110

REL-223
Introduction to Biblical Greek II

A continuation of REL-222.

Prerequisites:
REL-222

REL-251
Reformation Theology

A study of Christian doctrine as formulated by the Reformed branch of the Christian church. Comparisons are drawn between Reformed theology and that of other branches of Christendom. Reference is made to John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Prerequisites:
REL-110

REL-253
Foundations of Mission and Ministry I

An introductory study of the biblical and theological foundations and the historical development of mission. Selected current issues and problems will be examined.


REL-254
Foundations of Mission and Ministry II

The course deepens the student’s grasp of the theological foundations of mission by a careful examination of the trinitarian structure of missio dei and the implications of that missional theology for the daily life of the church as she participates in God’s mission.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-255
Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Formerly REL-351. This course seeks to probe the following questions: who is the God that calls us? What does his calling tell us about Him? How does the call participate in the Missio Dei? How do we hear that call? How do my identity and character participate in my call, and how do I understand my identity and character more fully? How does God’s transforming work in my life work its way within my call to ministry? What spiritual disciplines shape me so that I am able to minister? What kind of person does ministry need?


REL-321/421
Reading Scripture with the Global Church

A seminar course surveying advanced hermeneutics and readings of Scripture in the church, historically and globally. This course examines some of the classic texts on the practices of interpreting Scripture.

Prerequisites:
REL-201
or permission of the instructor

REL-324
Old Testament Studies: The Pentateuch

An intensive study of the Pentateuch, paying special attention to historical context, critical methodologies, literary structures, and theological themes.

Prerequisites:
REL-201
or permission of the instructor

REL-325
Old Testament Studies: The Writings

An intensive study of literary and theological aspects of the poetic and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.

Prerequisites:
REL-201
or permission of the instructor

REL-326
New Testament Studies: The Gospels and Acts

An intensive study of the gospels and Acts in their historical, cultural, and literary context.

Prerequisites:
REL-201
or permission of the instructor

REL-327
New Testament Studies: The Pauline Epistles

An intensive study of the historical, literary, doctrinal, and ethical aspects of the Pauline Epistles.

Prerequisites:
REL-201, REL-253

REL-340
Philosophy of Religion

A treatment of philosophical issues as they arise in religious experience and in theological thought, such as the nature of religious language, the enterprise of proving God’s existence, and the prospect of defining or circumscribing religion.

Prerequisites:
One other philosophy course

REL-449
Theology in the Contemporary World

A seminar course exploring the nature and tasks of theological thought and practice. Traditional and contemporary resources, methods, and challenges will be engaged. Paradigmatic approaches in the history of the church and western culture will be surveyed.

Prerequisites:
REL-449 is the Capstone Course for the Honours Major in the Religion & Theology Department and is required for all honours majors in the 4th year.

REL-352
Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring in Ministry

The purpose of this course is to develop an awareness of the leadership dynamics involved in youth ministry that flow from the intersection between four realities: the youth pastor, adolescents, the ministering context, and the cultural context. The ministering context will be used as the “anchoring reality” around which the others will be explored.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-353
Foundations of Evangelism and Discipleship

An examination of the character of discipleship in youth ministry, and an application of discipleship to many specific youth ministry practices.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-354
Teaching Scripture and the Christian Faith

This course is designed to prepare students to teach the Bible (and other foci of the Christian faith), especially in youth ministry contexts. The course will deal with teacher identity, adolescent faith development, structural frameworks for learning, Reformed hermeneutics, and pedagogical skills for teaching the Scriptures.

Prerequisites:
REL-201, REL-253

REL-355
Youth Culture and Spiritual Formation

This course seeks to describe and analyze frameworks for understanding young adult spiritual formation in the light of North American social and cultural context. The objective is to equip youth workers for a deeper understanding of the developmental needs of their students and the cultural influences that may be forming, de-forming, and re-forming them.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-356
World Religions

A study of the history, belief-systems, and practice of the major non-Christian religions. Special consideration will be given to problems surrounding a missionary encounter and dialogue with these religions.

Prerequisites:
REL-253

REL-357
Gospel, Church, and Culture

This course examines the relationship between Church, gospel, and the cultures found in North American cities so that students learn to communicate the gospel contextually and faithfully.

Prerequisites:
REL-253
REL-357 is the Capstone Course for the General Majors in the Religion & Theology Department and is require for all general majors in the 4th year.

REL-451
Liturgies: Rhythms of Restoration, Hope & Grace

This course examines the biblical and theological principles, challenges, and opportunities that liturgies offer the church as God’s agent for reconciliation in a fallen world. Students will study and compose a variety of contextualized liturgies using a blend of ancient-future practices that draw from the deep tradition of the Church and make use of the richness of the arts as a way to communicate hope and grace.

Prerequisites:
REL-253, REL-254, REL-255

REL-452
Conflict Transformation

This course prepares students to confront the challenges of conflict in ministry or communities with the necessary skills that can transform conflicts into opportunities for the collective growth of character. Conflict transformation practices promote healthy communities that are based on Biblical values of compassion, peacemaking and restorative justice.

Prerequisites:
REL-253, REL-254, REL-255

REL-453
Poverty and Urban Development Design Project

This course provides students with the tools to design projects that will contribute to the well-being of the community from a uniquely Christian perspective as an essential component of an urban ministry program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in community projects.

Prerequisites:
REL-253, REL-254
APS-341 or GEO-214

REL-485-86
Honours Independent Study

For information on setting up an independent study see page 54 of the Academic Calendar.


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