RLS 270 Syllabus Spring 2008

RLS 270 Syllabus Spring 2008 - Stony Brook University...

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Stony Brook University Religious Studies Fall 2007 Course: RLS 270, Christianity, DEC 1 Class No: 40646, 47489; Required Grade A-D Professor: Mary V. Ward, Ph.D. Format: Lecture Credits : 3 Time: Section 01: Section 02: Office: Humanities Bldg., Rm. 1036 Hours: T & R, 11:30-12:30; Room: Section 01: LifeSci Library L-77 Section 02: Humanities New 3017 You may not alternate between sections except in unusual circumstances. Mail Box: Humanities Bldg., Rm. 1046 Phone: 631-632-4025 office hours only E-Mail: [email protected] Preferred 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. Course Objectives: Acquire knowledge 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. Acquire knowledge about Christianity’s three main branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. Acquire knowledge 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 groups. Acquire knowledge 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 and interact with Christians from various churches and ecclesial communities, and with people who belong to different or no particular religious groups in our global society. Form habits of tolerance for the followers of all religions and of no religions. Form habits of appreciation 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 professor’s lectures. Required Texts If you hope to earn a high grade , purchasing and studying the required texts is absolutely necessary , 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.
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