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. 

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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

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Major Checklist:

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):
done need
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
OR
RELG 105 SOCRATES, JESUS, AND THE BUDDHA
done need
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)
done need
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 joins international society

Dr. James Peterson joins international society

Dr. James Peterson, Roanoke's Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics, was invited to be a member of the International Society for Science & Religion.

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