Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Senior Wisdom

Religion Department seniors offer these words of wisdom to ‘those left behind.’

Joe Antus
Joe Antus: "Take the time to invest in people. even if it’s just sitting and listening to them for a while."

Hali Brook
Hali Brook: "Stop thinking about your classes, homework, and papers as assignments and tasks to check off on your to-do list. Instead, start thinking about them as tools and knowledge to help you understand the world, others, and yourself."

Jacob Ewing
Jacob Ewing: "Read more books. Even if you think you don't have enough time, try to fill the short 10-minute breaks in your day with good literature. There are a lot of things worthy of reading that don't require a ton of time. See Brian Doyle, for example."

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson: "Use this time to grow spiritually as well as academically."

Annie Kathleen Miller
Annie Kathleen Miller: "Pray more, complain less, remember God and seek truth."

James Robinson
James Robinson: "Study read and listen with an open mind! Be open!"

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Majors Present Papers at CAS Symposium

Mackenzie Lake at the podium
Religion Majors Mackenzie Lake and James Robinson both presented papers at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity Symposium at Ashland University on April 10.

Mackenzie Lake’s paper “The Protestant Church Under a Socialist Regime,”  came from research conducted in Germany as part of a study abroad program. James Robinson conducted his research a little closer to home for his paper “The Role of the Church in a Segregated Society: A Case Study of Shelby, Ohio.” 

Both Mackenzie and James's research was for their major theses.

James Robinson with his thesis advisor Dr. Slade 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fall 2013 - Religion Classes

Choosing courses in Religion for you minor, major, or general improvement and education?

Check out what's on offer in the Fall:

REL 208 Exploring Christian Theology (10:50-12:05 TTh) Dr. Hovey
An introduction to central doctrines of the Christian faith that is both respectful of classic
theological traditions and open to the new voices and emphases of recent theologies. A required course for religion majors and one of the best ways for religion minors to fulfill their Christian thought requirement.

REL 230 History of Early Christianity (11-11:50 MWF) Dr. Aune
Focuses on selected literature and historical events in the development of Christianity from the 2nd to the 5th century. One central question will guide our inquiry: how did orthodox Christianity overcome various challenges to become the dominant religious tradition in the West? Meets Core credit for Historical Reasoning.

REL 301A Foundations for Biblical Study: NT Greek (1:40TTh) Dr. Walther
In this course you will be provided with an exposure to New Testament Greek so as understand and apply basic translation skills with the help of dictionaries and other lexical aids. Highly recommended for those in the pre-seminary program but valuable for anyone wanting to do serious Biblical studies in the original language.

REL 307 World Religious Traditions East and West (3:05-4:20 TTh Dr. Aune)
An advanced inquiry into selected topics within Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism with a special focus on primary texts such as the Mishnah, Qur’an, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and selected Buddhist Scriptures. The theme for this fall will be peace and justice issues.

REL 311 Youth Ministry (12:15-1:30 TTh) Dr. Swope
A study of contemporary U.S. American youth and youth culture as they relate to the church and to para-church organizations. Students will be exposed to youth programs, leadership styles and organizational designs. Emphasis is on the practical aspects of planning, administration and implementing of youth ministries within and related to the church.

REL 341 World Christianity, Culture and Mission (3:00-4:15 MW) Dr. Dickson
Explore the emerging field of World Christianity through the lens of Christian mission and culture theory. How do Christians in the two-thirds world understand and contextualize their faith? How has traditional western mission shaped them? How have post-colonial contexts challenged them? Experience cross-cultural phenomena. This is a GPS course.