Course Credits
RELS 101 RELS 101 - Introduction to the Old Testament - 3.00

An introduction to the major divisions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), including an orientation to the following areas in the field of Old Testament studies: inspiration, principles of interpretation, canon, text, world of the Old Testament, historical backgrounds, archeology, theology, criticism, literary forms, and apocryphal writings.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 102 RELS 102 - Introduction to New Testament

An introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings), including an orientation to the field of New Testament studies in the same areas as under RELS 101.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 160 RELS 160 - Intro to Theology

An introduction to the field of systematic theology. Discusses issues of theological method and the historical development of some major Christian doctrines and relates them to theological issues today.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 222 RELS 222 - Israelite Religion

A study of the religious forms and institutions of the Hebrew people during the Old Testament period, including a consideration of the major theological motifs that pervade the Hebrew religion.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 224 RELS 224 - New Testament Theology

A study of the New Testament writings in their historical setting and chronological sequence with the goal of acquiring knowledge of their theological unity and diversity.Prerequisite(s): RELS 102. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 361 RELS 361 - History of Christianity I

A study of the history of the Christian Church from the turn of the first century to the eve of the 16th century Reformation with attention to the persons, events, and issues involved in the major developments of Christianity.Cross-listed: HIST 361/HIST 561Prerequisite(s): HIST 111. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 362 RELS 362 - History of Christianity II

An examination of the development of the Christian Church from the late medieval period through to the early 21st century. Key topics include: the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the Great Awakenings and the rise of modern Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism, and the growth of modern missionary movements, along with a consideration of significant individuals, changes in theology, institutions, devotional practices, gender roles, and attempts to engage and shape culture.Cross-listed: HIST 362, HIST 562.Prerequisite(s): HIST 112. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 365 RELS 365 - Christian Moral Theology

Moral theology reflects upon the goodness and evil of human acts, and of the person who performs them, in the light of Divine Revelation and human reason. This course offers an introduction both to mainstream Catholic and evangelical moral theology and contemporary moral issues, emphasizing their common ground and supplementary insights as well as explaining their continuing points of divergence. The course is taught by a Catholic professor, utilizing both Catholic and protestant texts. Specific moral issues to be discussed include abortion, homosexuality, just war, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, poverty and hunger, and the nature and role of the family.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 366 RELS 366 - Theology of the Body

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrast them with those of Christ. This course examines recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II's theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Due note of convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 371 RELS 371 - Sociology of Religion

An introduction to the theories and concepts utilized by sociologists to interpret religious behaviour and the organization of religion.Cross-listed: SOCI 331.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 375 RELS 375 - Christian Apologetics of CS Lewis

This course provides a detailed study of the theological and apologetic writings of C.S.Lewis. The instructor presents the Christian worldview of Lewis, as well as limitations and problems that may be inherent in his theological vision. The relevance of Lewis' writings to the task of ecumenical theological dialogue is a recurrent theme.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or equivalent with instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 381 RELS 381 - Contemporary Christianity

A study of some significant 20th century theologies and movements. Introductory in nature and both interconfessional and international in scope. Primary attention is given to the origins, character, and contemporary significance of selected theologies and movements. (Formerly RELS 461)Prerequisite(s): Two of RELS 101, 102, or 160. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 387 RELS 387 - ChrstnTheol in Ecumenical Dialogue

A survey and analysis of the main achievements of the ecumenical theological dialogue process among the Christian churches, and the significant challenges still facing that dialogue today. This course utilizes texts from Catholic, Protestant Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican sources, and guest lecturers from Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox traditions.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 399 RELS 399 - Catholic Spirituality

An analysis of the teachings on prayer and the devout life of Catholic spiritual writers whose teachings still enrich the life of the Church today: especially St. Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis De Sales, St. Therese of Lisieux, and the Venerable John Henry Newman. This course includes an overview of controversial topics such as the rise of Centering Prayer, the New Age movement, and an analysis of the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and reflections on the Catholic Tradition of Spirituality from non-Catholic perspectives.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160, or equivalent with instructor's permission. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 465 RELS 465 - Infl Thinkers in Christian Traditio

An introduction to some seminal figures in the Western Christian tradition. The course investigates their thought and intellectual contributions within their socio-political context and experience.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102 and third year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 473 RELS 473 - Theological Vision of John Paul II

This course takes an in-depth look at the theological vision of the two most influential Catholic theologians of the second Christian millennium: St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. The main features of St. Thomas's synthesis of Christian thought, especially as found in his great Summa Theologiae, is explored. This is followed by an examination of the personalist Thomism of Pope John Paul II, and his program for the renewal of the Catholic Faith, especially as found in selected encyclicals and apostolic letters. The vision and worldview of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II are presented as significant and enduring achievements of Christian thought.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or equivalent with permission of instructor. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 475 RELS 475 - Christianity and Culture

This course examines important aspects of Christianity's involvement in western culture. Alternative models and historical examples of this involvement are considered as well as some specific current issue related to Christian cultural activity.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 477 RELS 477 - NT Canon: Development & Theology

Investigates the theological implications of the historical development of the New Testament canon. Stress is laid upon the contextual reading of primary source evidence and its interpretation in important secondary source literature. New Testament canon development is explored as it relates to the Rule of Faith, the early councils, creeds, and the church fathers. These relationships are then investigated with a view toward how they influence our understanding of Scripture in the 21st century.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or HIST 361 or RELS 362. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 490 RELS 490 - Christianity and Natural Sciences

Presentation and discussion of special topics concerned with the relationship between science and the Christian faith.Cross-listed: NATS 490.Prerequisite(s): NATS 487 or CMPT 480. (0-0; 0-1)


*Program subject to final approval by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education