Religion and Philosophy Course Descriptions

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REPH 102* World Religions — 3 Credit Hours
  World Religions includes a historical survey of major non-Christian religions with a view to discover the conceptual, ethical, ritual and symbolic expressions of each faith. The course will cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism and Islam among others.
REPH 111* Introduction to Ethics — 3 Credit Hours
  The course includes an analysis of the vocabulary, presuppositions and principles basic to moral evaluation and exploration of the major options in normative ethics as they are applied to selected issues in ethics.
REPH 156* Old Testament Survey — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a survey of the basic historical and theological events and themes of the Old Testament
REPH 157* New Testament Survey — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a survey of the basic historical and theological events and themes of the New Testament. Broad themes will be identified as the writings are explored for the Christian content, the historical and hermeneutical background, and the meaning for contemporary life.
REPH 200 United Methodist Heritage — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a survey of the history, polity and doctrine of the United Methodist Church. It is designed especially for students majoring in Family and Youth Ministry who are seeking certification with the United Methodist Church. Required for certification by the United Methodist Church.
REPH 201* Introduction to Philosophy — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a critical inquiry into some of the basic topics of philosophy, including theory of knowledge, the question of truth, deductive and inductive logic, human nature, meaning of history, ethics and the existence of God.
REPH 205* World Philosophies — 3 Credit Hours
  This course provides a historical and conceptual overview to major world philosophical systems, analyzing those systems both historically and conceptually. Special emphasis will be placed upon the major value systems of India and the Far East, with a view to discover philosophical approaches to questions of metaphysics, rationality and human freedom, the self, ethics, and God. Special emphasis will be placed upon the reading of primary texts.
REPH 211 Ethics in Professional Life — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is an examination of ethical reasoning and an understanding of the moral life, especially as it relates to the expectations and behaviors of the professions.  This includes a component looking at major ethical theories as well as insights into some of the major moral issues facing the professions.
REPH 225* Spiritual Formation — 3 Credit Hours
  This course will explore spiritual disciplines and will examine ways to nurture growth in faith in persons of all ages. The class will be both theoretical and experiential in nature.
REPH 230 Introduction to Preaching — 3 Credit Hours
  Introduction to Preaching is designed to develop skill in writing and delivery of sermons. The course emphasizes research, organization, and presentation.  Students will present in class and in worship settings.
REPH 235 Practice of Ministry/Church Leadership 
  3 credit hours. Practice of Ministry is designed to help students discover the basics of church leadership and acquaint students with the responsibilities and functions of a local church pastor.  Students will survey how God called Biblical men and women to service and explore the leadership roles of the local church pastor.
REPH 252* The Prophets — 3 Credit Hours
  An exploration of the nature of Hebrew prophecy, the prophetic movement and its literature with special attention paid to the socio-political context of the prophetic word and its meaning for our day.
REPH 258* Jesus & His Teachings — 3 Credit Hours
  The class will explore the life and sayings of Jesus within the socio-historical context of the gospel writings in order to understand His message, its interpretation in the church and meaning for the present.
REPH 259* Paul & His Teachings — 3 Credit Hours
  The course is an investigation of Paul’s writings in their historical settings in order to understand Paul, the development of his thought and the meaning of his witness to the contemporary church.
REPH 287 Ancient Languages — 4 Credit Hours
  This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of grammar and syntax of Hebrew or classical Greek. The course will be designed to help the students to the use of basic tools for the study of the Bible in its original languages. It may be repeated for credit under different subtitles. 
REPH 300* Philosophy of Science — 3 Credit Hours
  This class is designed to provide an overview to some of the major philosophical and epistemological issues in science, including rationality and objectivity, causality, induction, probability and verifiability, and the relation of science and religion. Prerequisite: REPH201 or BIOL101 or higher, or CHEM120 or higher or PHYS118 or higher.
REPH 306* Survey of Church History — 3 Credit Hours
  This course acts as an overview to the events and theology of church history from the ecumenical councils through the modern church. This course will focus on formative theological, cultural, sociological and historical factors in church history.
REPH 310* Aesthetics — 3 Credit Hours 
  This course will be a historical and conceptual overview of the major thinkers and concepts in aesthetic value theory, covering the significant theories of beauty and human creativity. This class will be not only theoretical, but will involve student participation outside the confines of the classroom. Special emphasis will be placed upon the reading of primary texts. Prerequisite: REPH11 or REPH201
REPH 312* Philosophy of Religion — 3 Credit Hours 
  The course includes a critical survey of such problems as the nature of religion and the meaning of religious experience, mysticism, religious symbolism and ritual, the existence of God, the function of religious language, evil, suffering, death, immortality, and the meaning of the religious quest.
REPH 315* The Christian Faith — 3 Credit Hours 
  This course contains a systematic study of the topics central to Christian thought, including the significance of Jesus Christ, the sacraments, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life.
REPH 320* American Philosophical Heritage— 3 Credit Hours 
  This course will be a historical and conceptual overview of Pragmatism as the essential American contribution to philosophy. This will cover not only the development of American Pragmatism, but will look at it in relation to other western philosophical systems and concepts. Special attention will be paid to the influence of Pragmatism on such areas as critical thinking, education, science, and religion. Special emphasis will be placed upon the reading of primary texts.
REPH 455 Senior Seminar — 3 Credit Hours
  The seminar is a capstone course for Junior or Senior Religion majors. It will concentrate on either a Biblical topic or a theological topic agreed upon in advance by the professor and students. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 15 Credit Hours of the major or permission of the instructor.
REPH 460 Internship — 3 Credit Hours
  This course provides an opportunity to work actively and to try new skills, as well as to observe, evaluate and learn in a professional ministry situation. This course can be taken up to three times if each experience is different. See Internships under Alternative Means to Academic Credit for further guidelines.
REPH 485 Special Topics — Variable Credit
  This course provides the opportunity for intensive study of special topics and selected materials in Religion and/or Philosophy. Under different subtitles this course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include Process Theology, Methods in Biblical Studies, Religion in Film, Religion in America, Feminist Theology, and Liberation Theology.
REPH 490 Independent Study — Variable Credit 
  Independent Study consists of research, reading, or other scholarly investigation or creative work. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit, for a more detailed description.
COURSES OFFERED THROUGH THE CENTER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
REPH120 Evangelism – 1 Credit Hour
  Evangelism will look at the meaning of evangelism, helping students understand the importance of reaching out to others in Christian love, making disciples for Jesus Christ.
REPH121 Introduction to Certified Lay Ministry – 1 Credit Hour
  This course will include a spiritual gifts inventory, understanding the individual’s call to ministry and understanding the priesthood of all believers, ordination, and orders in the United Methodist Church.
REPH122 Introduction to Pastoral Care – 1 Credit Hour
  Introduction to Pastoral Care will include instruction in ministering to those who grieve, those in crisis, those who spend time in the nursing home, hospital, or jail.  An emphasis will be placed on the gift of presence each Christian brings to those who need care.  Students will tour a funeral home and a hospital.
REPH123 Missions and Social Concerns – 1 Credit Hour
  It is envisioned to offer an understanding of United Methodist mission theology as well as some mission education program ideas and methods to pastors, lay and ordained, through a partnership with annual conference board/committee/teams on Global Ministries, with an organized opportunity for reflection on mission and mission theology from the United Methodist perspective.
REPH124 New Testament– 1 Credit Hour
  This course is an introduction to the scriptures of the New Testament.  This course is designed for the education of certified lay ministers in the United Methodist Church.  The course serves as an introductory overview of the New Testament, including literary, historical, and theological matters.  Finally, the course compares the New Testament with the teaching of John Wesley.
REPH125 Old Testament– 1 Credit Hour
  This course is an introduction to the scriptures of the Old Testament.  The course is designed for the education of certified lay ministers in the United Methodist Church. The course serves as an introductory overview of the Old Testament, including literary, historical, and theological matters.  Finally, the course compares the Old Testament with the teaching of John Wesley.
REPH126 Praxis of Ministry– 2 Credit Hour
  Praxis of ministry helps the student learn how to prepare, write, and deliver a sermon once a week, help parishioners in crisis and keys to pastoral leadership when serving a church.
REPH127 Preaching– 1 Credit Hour
  Preaching will prepare the Certified Lay Minister for the task of preparing sermons and delivering them effectively in the context of Sunday morning worship.
REPH128 Theology & Doctrine– 1 Credit Hour
  Explore the theology and doctrine of the Christian Church and the contributions of the United Methodist Church to the theological and doctrinal discussion.
REPH129 Worship– 1 Credit Hour
  Worship will help students explore, examine, and create effective worship within the United Methodist tradition.