Course List

Strange Tales From the Bible -

INQ 110 L

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Paul Hinlicky
Block: 11
Time: T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Term: 2015FA
Units: 1

Catalog Description:

Introduces students to critical thinking in higher education, taking as its starting point a focused topic in a scholarly field. Critical inquiry will be taught in the context of careful reading of important intellectual works, as well as inquiry-based writing assignments. Research and collaborative skills will also be developed in an integrative setting designed to promote a student's journey toward a life of critical inquiry.

Additional Information:

In this course, we enter into what 20th century theologian Karl Barth called "the strange, new world of the Bible" -- a kind of alternative universe where human beings are exposed as prone to violence but God is in the business of blessing, turning evil to good. In particular, we study from a variety of interpretive perspectives the books of Genesis, Joshua and the Gospel of Mark. Students who take this course become critical thinkers in the fields of religion, theology and ethics. 

New Testament Christianities -

RELG 202 A

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Paul Hinlicky
Block: 10
Time: T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Term: 2015FA
Units: 1

Catalog Description:

An historical and critical study of the earliest Christian communities and their literature. Particular attention will be given to understanding early Christians' complicated relationship with Judaism and Greco-Roman Society.

Additional Information:

This introductory level course focuses on the historical-contextual interpretation of New Testament literature, epecially the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We also study the related literature of Acts and the Epistles of John. Cursory attention is given to Paul, since a another introductory course, RELG 216, is devoted to him. Rounding out the course are introductions to other New Testaments writings like Hebrews and Revelation. Students become close readers of New Testaments texts and are familiarized with the many, brilliant and sometimes controversial discoveries of modern Biblical scholarship. 

Augustine and His Legacy -

RELG 282 E

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Paul Hinlicky
Block: E2
Time: M/W 7:30PM-9:00PM
Term: 2015FA
Units: 1

Catalog Description:

In this course we read primary texts, discuss and work together orally and in writing on the critical interpretation of the formative Western theology of Augustine of Hippo and investigate its legacy throguh the time of the Reformation. In the process we reflect on how comtemporary thinkers (beginning with ouselves!) appropriate, develop critique or extend this classical stance in modern projects of learning, inquiry, practice and/or devotion. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk.