This course presents a study of the history, founders, practices, and main doctrines of the major non-Christian
religions, including Animism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism. Eastern and Western religious trends and
their synthetic expressions are examined.
This course locates theological studies within the history and discourses of the academic study of religion. Students will analyze various methodologies and the ideas of central theorists in order to discover how these diverse approaches might enrich one’s understanding of “religion.”
RLST 450 Psychology of Religion (3)
Psychology of religion involves the application of psychological research methods and interpretive frameworks to diverse forms of religion and spirituality, encourages the incorporation of the results of such work into clinical and other applied settings, and fosters constructive dialogue and interchange between psychological study and practice on the one hand and between religious perspectives and institutions on the other. Practical applications in this course will emphasize how Christians can enter into constructive dialogue with the theoretical and empirical literature, examining psychological research from a Christian perspective, and employing, with discernment, the findings of the psychology of religion in their own faith lives.
Cross-listed: PSY 455 Psychology of Religion
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours of Psychology
RLST 454 Religious Studies Seminar (3)
This course integrates biblical research with one or more other academic discipline in order to address current cultural, social, or ethical issues.
Cross-listed: BLST 454 Religious Studies Seminar
RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion (3)
An exploration of philosophical concerns arising out of theism in general and Christian theism in particular. The
topics in this course are designed to complement those covered in PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II. Topics
include faith and reason, the divine attributes, religious language, life after death, religious diversity, and the
philosophical analysis of theological doctrines.
Cross-listed: PHI 455 Philosophy of Religion
Prerequisite(s): PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II