Christian Studies Major
The major in Christian Studies focuses on the historical development of Christian beliefs and thought up to their contemporary elaboration and transmission. Designed to prepare students for diverse futures, the major emphasizes student choice within broad areas of competency.
Christian Studies News:
| Students Return from May Term in Israel
Welcome back to students in Dr. McDermott's May Term class "Jesus in the Holy Land." The course focused on the connections between Jesus' teachings and the land of Israel. The class traveled around the northern half of Israel, from Caesarea on the Mediterranean in the west to Mt. Carmel and Megiddo through the Galilee and down the Jordan River Valley to Jerusalem. Students explored the historic sites of Sepphoris (where Jesus probably worked as a stone mason), Mt. Arbel, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, Bethany beyond the Jordan (where Jesus was probably baptized), Jericho, Qumran, Masada, the Temple Mount, the Western Wall Tunnels, the Garden of Gethsemane, and many others. Students swam in the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea (where they smeared its healing mud on their bodies), and dipped their toes in the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea.
Dr. Jim Peterson Elected to the International Society for Science and Religion Congratulations to Dr. Peterson for being elected to the ISSR, a prestigious society in which one must be nominated by current members and then voted in by the trustees to become a member. The society's mission is to facilitate dialogue between the two academic disciplines of Science and Religion. Current members include: Francis Collins (who discovered the gene for cystic fibrosis, led the Human Genome Project, and is now Director of NIH), Owen Gingerich (Harvard University astronomer), Wentzel van Huyssteen (Princeton Theological Seminary), and Charles Townes (Nobel Prize for Physics).
|Dr. Paul Hinlicky Wins Mednick Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr. Hinlicky for winning the Mednick Fellowship to study Slovak philosopher and theologian Samuel Stefan Osusky.
|Dr. Gerry McDermott Wins Book Award from Christianity Today
Congratulations to Dr. McDermott for winning Christianity Today's top theology/ethics book award of 2013 for The Theology of Jonathan Edwards.
A major in Christian Studies requires the completion of 10 units:
|AREA OPTIONS (6 courses total):|
|A total of 4 courses from among the following 3 categories (Scripture, Philosophy, and Ethics and History):
|SCRIPTURE (no more than 1):|
|RELG 201 Israelite Patriarchs, Prophets, Priests, and Princes||done||need|
|RELG 202 New Testament Christianities||done||need|
|RELG 215 Pauline Christianity||done||need|
|RELG 216 The Life and Teachings of Jesus||done||need|
|PHILOSOPHY (no more than 1):|
|PHIL 221 FAITH AND PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 251 EARLY WESTERN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 253 MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 255 MODERN WESTERN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|ETHICS AND HISTORY (at least 2):
|RELG 220 CHRISTIAN ETHICS||done||need|
|RELG 282 AUGUSTINE AND HIS LEGACY||done||need|
|RELG 284 LUTHER AND HIS LEGACY||done||need|
|RELG 286 THE LEGACY OF MODERN THEOLOGY||done||need|
|REQUIRED COURSES (2):|
|RELG 312 TOPICS IN BIBLILCAL STUDIES AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY||done||need|
|RELG 317 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY||done||need|
|RELG 330 CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND THE WORLD RELIGIONS||done||need|
|RELG340 SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN STUDIES||done||need|
|SENIOR THESIS OR HONORS PROJECT (1):|
|RELG 410, 411, 412 - SENIOR THESIS (1/2, 1, 1/2 UNIT)||done||need|
|RELG 495, 496, 497 -HONORS PROJECT (1/2, 1, 1/2 UNIT)||done||need|
|ELECTIVES (at least 3):|
|RELG 102 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
RELG 105 SOCRATES, JESUS, AND THE BUDDHA
|RELG 210 EARLY CHRISTIAN CONFLICTS AND COMMUNITY LIFE||done||need|
|RELG 212 THE REFORMATION||done||need|
|RELG 214 RELIGION IN AMERICA||done||need|
|RELG 225 THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF YOUNG ADULTS||done||need|
|RELG 231 RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, AND SCIENCE||done||need|
|RELG 240 RELIGIOUS INTERPRETATION OF FILMS||done||need|
|RELG 246 THE HOLOCAUST||done||need|
|RELG 250 NEW RELIGIONS OF AMERICA||done||need|
|RELG 270 EXPLORATIONS IN RELIGION AND SOCIETY
(when the topic has to do with Christianity)
|RELG 290 FEMINIST READINGS OF THE BIBLE||done||need|
In addition, students are encouraged to take at least one course in non-Christian Religion. They are also encouraged to take at least two semesters of Greek, Latin or German, and an appropriate concentration and/or minor (such as Classics, Peace and Justice Studies, Parish Youth Leadership, or Philosophy).
Dr. James Peterson, Roanoke's Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics, was invited to be a member of the International Society for Science & Religion.