Religious Studies


“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 7

An important part of the school's mission is to educate students spiritually based on Christian principles and to provide an understanding of the many diverse religions and faiths throughout the world.

religious-studies


Students are required to take 2.0 credits of religious studies to graduate.

Old Testament
This course introduces students to the central stories, characters, and themes of the Old Testament. Students will study the development of the Bible, literary forms in Scripture, and critical reading and contextual interpretation of biblical texts.

New Testament
This course is an introductory study of the New Testament literature, the life and ministry of Jesus, characters in the early Christian Church, and essential Jewish/Christian concepts. Students will study basic methods of reading and various ways of interpreting the biblical text, with emphasis on the contextual interpretation of scripture. Special topics will include various theological understandings of Jesus, spiritual development, the scriptural basis of the sacraments, the role of women among Jesus’ disciples, and issues related to interfaith dialogue.

World Religions
Students study various traditions of the world that question issues like our experiences of suffering, our relationship to the environment, needs for something/someone beyond oneself, and issues of life after death. This course examines many faiths – Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism/Confucianism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – from a historical, doctrinal, phenomenological, and experiential point of view, as well as from their impact on our present world situation.

Directed Study in Religious Studies
Students wishing to pursue advanced work in religious studies may propose a directed course of study.