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RELI 1301   (3-3-0)   Old Testament Survey
A survey of the literature, events, and message of the Old Testament, including the organization, historical context, and basic geography of the Old Testament. The student will also be exposed to the foundation that the Old Testament lays for the New Testament and how the promise of the Old Testament Messianic hope sets the stage for the New Testament. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 1302   (3-3-0)   New Testament Survey
A survey of the literature, events, and message of the New Testament, including the organization and basic geography of the New Testament. Students will also be exposed to the key events in the life of Christ, historical context of the intertestamental period, how the promise of the Old Testament Messianic hope is fulfilled in the New Testament, and the progression of the Gospel through the life and ministry of Paul. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 1305   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Biblical Foundations
This course gives an overall view of the Bible and the most basic principles of Christianity in order to lay a foundation for future study. The course is intended for international students who may still be developing English fluency and who may be from diverse cultural, religious, and philosophical backgrounds. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

RELI 1310   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Christian Ministry
Mandatory for Ministerial Financial Assistance students. This course introduces the student to ministry preparation through a study of the following topics: Clarifying one’s call to ministry, understanding Baptist distinctives, introduction to spiritual formations, and supervised field experience. This course may only satisfy elective requirements and may not be use3d to satisfy any general studies, major elective, or major concentration requirements. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 2304   (3-3-0)   Christian Doctrine
An introductory study of Christian doctrines, with emphasis on God's revelation, the nature and work of God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity and sin, salvation, the church, and the last things. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and RELI 1302.

RELI 3301   (3-3-0)   Christian Ethics
An introduction to Christian decision making which focuses on different approaches within Christian ethics and basic ethical issues such as human sexuality, political institutions, race relations, economic life, medical technology, and man in his environment. Offered periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 3305   (3-3-0)   Principles of Biblical Interpretation
A study of the principles and methods of Biblical interpretation that examine grammatical, historical, literary, theological and contextual features of selected portions of Scripture. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 3311   (3-3-0)   The Pentateuch
An intensive study of the books of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the Pentateuch, critical issues of the Pentateuch, and textual issues of the Pentateuch. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1302 and 1302.

RELI 3329   (3-3-0)   The Historical Books
An intensive study of the Historical Books of the Old Testament (Joshua-Esther). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the Historical Books, critical issues of The Historical Books, and textual issues of the Historical Books. Spring.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 3336   (3-3-0)   The Wisdom Literature
An intensive study of the books of the Wisdom Literature books (Job-Song of Solomon Songs). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the Wisdom Literature, critical issues of the Wisdom Literature, and textual issues of the Wisdom Literature. Fall. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 3347   (3-3-0)   The Major Prophets
An intensive study of the Major Prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah-Daniel). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the Major Prophets, critical issues of the Major Prophets, and textual issues of The Major Prophets. Periodically.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 3362   (3-3-0)   The Minor Prophets
An intensive study of The Minor Prophets of the Old Testament (Hosea-Malachi). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the Minor Prophets, critical issues of The Minor Prophets, and textual issues of The Minor Prophets. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 3371   (3-3-0)   Pastoral Ministries
A study of the nature, duties, and problems of the Christian ministry, including evangelism and homiletics, along with the relationship of a local church to other Baptist and denominational bodies in the performance of its worldwide mission. Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 3374   (3-3-0)   The Christian Worldview
A description of the concept of worldview in general and the content of the Christian worldview in particular, focusing on the biblical themes of creation, fall, and redemption; and their implications in the totality of life including spiritual experience, education, the arts, vocation, the family, etc. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 3382   (3-1-2)   Practicum in Religion (S-L)
Internship training program to be supervised by a professor and an official in the local church or church-related institution. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: Biblical Studies or Christian Studies major or minor, Junior or Senior status, and faculty approval.

RELI 3383   (3-3-0)   History of Christianity
A general survey of the historical development of Christianity from the New Testament era to the present. Periodically, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 3386   (3-3-0)   Practicum in Personal Evangelism
A course designed to equip the student with the skill of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The student will have many opportunities to watch a skilled witness share the gospel and then to share the gospel under the training of that skilled witness. Training will be supervised by the professor, and the professor will give instruction. Fall.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 3387   (3-3-0)   Practicum in Discipleship
A course designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to grow as a disciple and to disciple other Christians. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 4307   (3-3-0)   The Gospels
An intensive study of one or more of the Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew-John). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the Gospels, critical issues of the Gospels, and textual issues of the Gospels. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1302 and 1302.

RELI 4321   (3-3-0)   The Early Life and Letters of Paul
An intensive study of the early life and letters of Paul (Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and 1 & 2 Corinthians). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the early life and letters of Paul, critical issues of the early life and letters of Paul, and textual issues of the early life and letters of Paul. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 4322   (3-3-0)   The Later Life and Letters of Paul
An intensive study of the later life and letters of Paul (Romans, prison epistles, and pastoral epistles). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the later life and letters of Paul, critical issues of the later life and letters of Paul, and textual issues of the later life and letters of Paul. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 4336   (3-3-0)   The General Epistles
An intensive study of the General Epistles (Hebrews-Jude). Students will be exposed to the purpose and content of the General Epistles, critical issues of the General Epistles, and textual issues of the General Epistles. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301 and 1302.

RELI 4339   (3-3-0)   Cowboy Church Culture
This course introduces the history of the 21st Century Cowboy Church Movement and includes the aspects of Cowboy Church planting, missions, ministry, and worship. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 4341   (3-3-0)   Biblical Eschatology
A comprehensive study of end-time events as drawn from both Old and New Testament passages. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 4342   (3-3-0)   Ethnomusicology in Christian Missions
This course will study the "worlds of music" through the eyes of Ethnomusicology and relate ethnic music to Christian mission work. Through this course the student will become knowledgeable concerning the work of the ethnomusicologist and the music missionary while developing procedures for adapting indigenous music to the Christian worship experience. Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 4345    (3-3-0)   Christianity in a Pluralistic World
This course introduces a Christian understanding of, and a response to, a pluralistic world utilizing biblical truths. Fall.
Prerequisite: RELI 2304.

RELI 4350   (3-3-0)   Systematic Theology
A study of how the biblical doctrines of Revelation, God, Man, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and Eschatology have progressed and changed throughout history in respect to specific theologians. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 2304

RELI 4352   (3-3-0)   History of East Asian Philosophy and Religion
This course will explore the history of East Asian philosophy, religious beliefs, and practices from the area's prehistory to the present. Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 4370   (3-3-0)   European Church History
A study of the history of the church from the New Testament era to the present. This study includes Christian thought, institutions, expansion, and the impact of Christianity on Western culture. Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in history.

RELI 4371   (3-3-0)   American Church History
A study of American church history from its European background to the present. A general survey with particular attention to its indigenous characteristics: denominationalism, revivalism, sectarianism, social gospel, and American Christian thought. Spring, odd-numbered years, Online.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in history.

RELI 4372   (3-3-0)   Baptist History
A survey of Baptist history, including the origins of Baptists in England and America, key leaders, events, and movements in Baptist life in the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, and the work of Baptists in other parts of the world. The course will also place the history of the Baptists within the larger context of American and world Christianity. Fall, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in history and/or religion.

RELI 4373   (3-3-0)   The Renaissance and the Reformation Eras
A study of social, political, economic, and religious developments from the Renaissance through the Counter Reformation. Emphasis will be on the leading reformers and their theological views. Both the continental and English Reformation will be examined. The ensuing Counter Reformation which was born in the Council of Trent will be studied with a view to its impact on political and cultural consequences. Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in history.

RELI 4374   (3-3-0)   Christian Apologetics
A survey of representative approaches to Christian Apologetics from the Greek fathers to the present. These will be analyzed in the light of Biblical revelation, and a comprehensive Christian apologetic will be attempted. Periodically.
Prerequisite: PHIL 2301 or instructor approval.

RELI 4377   (3-3-0)   Discover Biblical Lands
A study tour of some of the Biblical lands led by a professor. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

RELI 4378   (3-3-0)   Research and Writing for Biblical Studies
This course is designed to help students develop their research and writing skills primarily in Biblical studies. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

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