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Instructor: Gary Witcher
Phone: 886-4559 (W) 882-2370 (H)
Course Description: Students will be
introduced to four essential aspects of Christianity and their interconnectedness:
community, scripture, beliefs and worship. The
course will survey the Christian scriptures as a faith communitys account of
continuing experience of God; developing understanding and articulation of this
God-experience through beliefs expressed in the Nicene creed; worship rituals for entering
and deepening communion with the Christian community.
Course Objectives/Goals: As a result of
this course students will be able to:
1. Describe the Biblical views of covenant community and Yahweh as God of promise
2. Outline the essential faith story of the Old Testament and New Testament, including major
figures of Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets and Jesus.
3. Describe three major differences in mode of interpreting the Bible used by Christians today.
4. Articulate the essential meaning of Christian beliefs expressed in the Nicene creed:
a. God (Trinity)
b. Jesus Christ, human and
c. resurrection of the dead
Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity. Vol. 1. San Francisco: HarperCollins,
Hendriksen, William. Survey of the Bible. Darlington,
U.K.: Evangelical Press, 1995.
Bible (preferably New American Standard, but
other translations are acceptable)
Supplemental resource text: Frigge,
Marielle. Introduction to Christianity: Scripture.
1. Course time will be devoted to lecture and discussion.
Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Tests and assignments missed due to absence may
not be made up except for justifiable absences. (Whenever
possible, the instructor or office should be contacted before the missed class.) Tests will be available in the office until the
following class period. Other assignments may
be made up one week after the absence. Each
absence over two may reduce the class participation portion of the grade by
one letter. Partial attendance may be counted
as an absence.
2. Turn in all assignments by the due date.
3. Plagiarism (submitting another person's work as you own) and academic dishonesty
(copying another person's lab or exam, i.e. cheating) will result in the student's failure
in the course.
4. The instructor reserves the right to alter the syllabus over the course of the
semester. Changes in scheduled activities
will be announced in class; it is up to the individual students to keep abreast of these
Tests every other week will evaluate knowledge of information covered since previous
exam. There is no comprehensive midterm or
final. Most questions will be multiple-choice
or short-answer. Individual research will
investigate a topic from the previous or current
lesson. Reports must be properly written and resources must be correctly credited. (Textbook or
www.yahoo.com are not acceptable.) The
textbook may not be used as a single source.
Method of evaluating students:
40% attendance and class participation
A = 90-100 % (test) / research: multiple sources and written and verbal report - all
B = 80-89 % (test) / research: multiple sources and written or single source and verbal
C = 70-79 % (test) / research: single source, written
D = 60-69 %
F = 59% or below / research: report not done
Week 1: introduction: biblical
Week 2: paper: personal
background (1 page)
Old Testament: Pentateuch, Old Law (Hendriksen
Week 3: test weeks 1 & 2
Old Testament: History, Prophecy (Hendriksen
Week 4: paper:
exegesis of Old Testament passage (2 pages)
New Testament: Gospels (Hendriksen chapters
Week 5: test weeks 3 & 4
New Testament: Acts (Hendriksen chapter 29)
Week 6: paper: New or Old
Testament book (2 pages)
New Testament: Epistles (Hendriksen chapters
Week 7: test weeks 5 & 6
New Testament: Apocalypse (Hendriksen chapter 33)
Week 8: paper:
exegesis of New Testament passage (2 pages)
Church History: early church (Gonzalez chapters 1-12)
Week 9: test weeks 7 & 8
Church History: Imperial church (Gonzalez chapters 13-25)
Week 10: paper: early church figure
Church History: Middle Ages to Reformation (Gonzalez chapters 26-33)
Week 11: test weeks 9 & 10
Church History: from the Reformation (Gonzalez chapters 34-36)
Week 12: paper: later church
figure (2 pages)
Week 13: test weeks 11 & 12
Week 14: paper: spirituality (2 pages)
Week 15: test weeks 13 & 14; course