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REL 1350 syllabus spring 08-1

REL 1350 syllabus spring 08-1 - REL 1350(section 15...

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REL 1350 (section 15) Christian Heritage Spring Semester, 2008 Dr. Doug Weaver, Professor [email protected] 710-7283 Tidwell 104 Graduate Assistants Brandon Frick [email protected] Keith Reich [email protected] I. Course Description An introduction to Christian life and thought, from the early church to the present, through an examination of great texts with an emphasis on Christian doctrine, ethics, witness and institutions. II. Goals of the Course Short Term Goals Students will be introduced to the history of Christian thought, focusing upon key leaders and movements and upon significant doctrinal beliefs from the first century to the present. Students will acquire a basic vocabulary of ideas in the history of Christianity on topics such as salvation, Christology, revelation, atonement, the Bible and the sacraments. Students will gain an appreciation for the rich diversity of the Christian heritage and of the different approaches to the various issues in the fields of Christian history/theology. Students will increase their awareness of resources about the history of Christian theology. Students will understand the importance of reading primary sources for the study of the Christian heritage. Students will initiate/continue the process of personal reflection upon the tenets of the Christian faith. Long Term Goals Students will use the overview of the Christian heritage as a foundation for further historical/theological courses.
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Students will gain knowledge from this course that will contribute to the development of a broad-based education and a holistic perspective toward life. Students taking REL 1350, as one element of their academic experience, will be adequately prepared for entering the work place or graduate school. III. Required Texts Kerr, Hugh, T., ed. Readings in Christian Thought . Second edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990. Shelley, Bruce. Church History in Plain Language . 2 nd ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995. IV. Course Requirements Read Read the textbooks and any handouts/online material as assigned for each class period, and actively participate in class discussion. Quizzes Quizzes will be taken online on Blackboard. You will receive an e-mail from a graduate assistant notifying you of an upcoming quiz. A quiz covers the reading designated for a particular day (not past class notes). For example, a quiz that is taken on a Tuesday night is for the readings for that Wednesday’s class. Your first quiz is 1/23 on the Didache reading. There is a 24 hour window to take a quiz online. A quiz over readings for a Monday can be taken from “Sunday 10 a.m. until Monday 10 a.m.” A quiz over readings for a Wednesday can be taken from “Tuesday 10 a.m. until Wednesday 10 a.m.” Quizzes have multiple choice questions. Once you start a quiz, you must complete it. You have 25 minutes for each quiz (usually 10 questions). Most likely you will finish with plenty of time to spare. Students who take longer than 25 minutes are subject to losing points on the quiz.
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