Stony Brook University
Religious Studies Fall 2007
RLS 270, Christianity,
Required Grade A-D
Mary V. Ward, Ph.D.
Humanities Bldg., Rm. 1036
T & R, 11:30-12:30;
LifeSci Library L-77
Humanities New 3017
You may not alternate between sections
except in unusual circumstances.
Humanities Bldg., Rm. 1046
631-632-4025 office hours only
means of contact
Course Description from Catalog:
A critical introduction to the scripture, tradition, history, and religious practices and beliefs of
Christianity, as one of the principal factors in the shaping of European culture.
about the Bible: key events, people, and themes in its Old Testament; the Gospel
of Matthew and the Acts of the Apostles in its New Testament; etc.
about Christianity’s three main branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox.
about these Christian topics: main dogmas, doctrines, and other beliefs; worship
and sacraments or ordinances; moral teachings. Similarities and dissimilarities of the thinking on
these topics among the three main branches will be noted. Occasionally, mention will be made of the
thinking of those considering themselves to be Christians but not belonging to the three major
about the history of Christianity: its roots in the Old Testament; Jesus’ life, early
church period, middle ages, renaissance and reformation, modern period.
Grow in understanding
of Christianity, so as to be better able to dialogue
from various churches and ecclesial communities, and with people who belong to different or no
particular religious groups in our global society.
for the followers of all religions and of no religions. Form habits of
for values one considers good in a Christian denomination other than one’s own, in
other religions, and in non-religious philosophies of life.
Exercise critical, comparative, and evaluative thinking
about the meanings and values in one’s own
life and the lives of Christians, as well as about the contents of the required texts and of the
If you hope to earn a high grade
, purchasing and studying
the required texts is
as lectures, tests, and classroom discussions are largely based upon these texts. To avoid distraction,
books may not be shared in class.
Additional materials will be on Blackboard or will be handed out periodically in class.