How do we understand the teachings of the Bible in a modern context?
Deepen your understanding of the Christian faith and life by exploring its Biblical roots, a theological framework, missional thrust, ethical calling, historical development, and global context. Redeemer's Religion - Biblical and Theological Studies program leans into the rich diversity of denominations represented on campus to develop a deeper understanding of how theology, the Bible, and worldview collide and remain relevant for modern Christians.
Biblical and Theological Studies is a Bachelor of Arts program. It is offered as a general major and as a minor.
Right from the start, you're gaining an understanding and critical appreciation of the basic features of Christianity: its Scriptures, history and theology, that equip you to defend and live out your faith.
First-year courses provide a broad overview of topics that are critical to the Christian faith, including a foundational understanding of the Bible. Class discussions, lead by dedicated and experienced professors, give the opportunity to understand worldview from the perspective of other denominational and cultural backgrounds.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
Gain strong foundational knowledge of church history and theology in courses like Theology in the Contemporary World while also delving into cultural contexts in courses like World Religions and Bible literacy through courses like New Testament Studies: The Gospels and Acts.
As a final assignment in The Drama of Scripture course, students have the option of using their imaginations to make a creative representation of the biblical narrative. Over the years, these projects have been displayed for the campus to enjoy such as student Ingrid Bouma's eleven original paintings that weave together the story of Scripture.
Take your passion for ministry into Hamilton’s downtown through a variety of volunteer opportunities such as Deedz — a weekly program where a small group of students go downtown to offer hot chocolate & conversation to those on the street.
is the Spiritual Life Facilitator at Act Five, a 7+ month Christian gap year program in partnership with Redeemer University.
As her final project for REL 110: The Drama of Scripture, student Ingrid Bouma chose to depict the biblical narrative through a series of extraordinary original...
By spearheading a campus-wide composting initiative at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Justin Eisinga ’15 is able to combine his two great...
The Book of Numbers and Israel’s wandering through the wilderness can act as a guide to actively leaning into our challenging circumstances.
In his new commentary on the book of Judges, associate professor of religion and theology Dr. David Beldman explains why this violent, often misunderstood section of the...
In his recently published book, adjunct professor Dr. Peter Schuurman explores the notion that irony, charisma and playfulness can attract people to church.
Translators, including visiting scholar Dr. Jessica Joustra, are bringing theologian Herman Bavinck’s forgotten manuscript to English audiences for the first time.
Through her work with A Rocha, Amila Dreise ’13 is advancing care for creation in Hamilton and Ontario at large.
Take that first step and experience Redeemer’s one-of-a-kind community like never before. Visiting campus — whether in-person or online — is the best way to figure out if Redeemer is the right fit for you.
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.
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.
A study of the Christian Church from the first century through the Middle Ages, focusing on the development of doctrine and ecclesiastical institutions.
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.
An introduction to the basic structures, grammar, and vocabulary of biblical Greek (Koine).
A continuation of REL-222.
A study of the central doctrines of Reformed theology, as rooted in the Bible, formulated by key theologians, including John Calvin and Herman Bavinck, and summarized in the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. Students will have an opportunity to study the
historical development of these theological doctrines, as well as their contemporary application.
An introductory study of the biblical and theological foundations and the historical development of mission. Selected current issues and problems will be examined.
This course builds on REL-253 in theological and practical ways. Students examine the Biblical imperative for Gospel proclamation in order to provide the theological framework for understanding the Church’s role in Missio Dei. Cultural anthropology addresses the question of the faithful contextualization of the Gospel in human contexts so that people believe and communities are transformed. Students will study intercultural communication theory and practice to encourage a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities of announcing the Gospel of the Kingdom.
This course seeks to ground students in an understanding of ministry shaped by Trinitarian theology. Furthermore, it offers a variety of tools to enable students to develop spiritual practices drawn from ancient, tested traditions to encourage a balanced spiritual life that can sustain the challenges and joys of ministry.
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.
An intensive study of the Pentateuch, paying special attention to historical context, critical methodologies, literary structures, and theological themes.
An intensive study of literary and theological aspects of the poetic and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.
An intensive study of the gospels and Acts in their historical, cultural, and literary context.
An intensive study of the historical, literary, doctrinal, and ethical aspects of the Pauline Epistles.
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.
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.
An examination of the character of discipleship in youth ministry, and an application of discipleship to many specific youth ministry practices.
This course is designed to prepare students to teach the Bible (and other foci of the Christian faith) in various ministry contexts. The course examines how different genres of Scripture require different hermeneutical and pedagogical methods. The course maps a path for education for life through a conversation with critical pedagogy as seen through the lens of the Kingdom of God.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This course prepares students to confront the challenges of conflict in ministry 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.
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.
Open to students with Year 3 or 4 standing in the Ministry major. See page 52 of the Academic Calendar for information on internships.
The Religion and Theology program does not have program-specific requirements.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: