GRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS


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PHILOSOPY

PHIL 5303. Philosophy of Religion (RLGN 5303) - research in philosophical thinking about religion with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Major attention is given tothe nature of religious experience, the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, religious epistemology, human destiny, and the relation of science and religion.


PHIL 5310. World Religions (RLGN 5310) - A study of the origin, personalities, historical development, and basic thought of major religions of the world.

PHIL 5313. History of Philosophy - The history of the key persons and movements of philosophy.

PHIL 5314. Biblical Interpretation (RLGN 5314)- A study of the principles and methods of biblical exegesis and interpretation with an emphasis on the problem of communicating the biblical message in the modern world.

PHIL 5319. Ethics - An introduction to the classical and biblical theories of ethics with their application to moral and social problems.

PHIL 5322. American Political Thought (HIST 5322) - Selective intellectual history and critical analysis of the ideas and ideologies constituting the corpus of American political thought, especially Puritanism, liberalism, republicanism, pragmatism, conservatism, socialism, and feminism, and evaluation of their social and political impact.

PHIL 5323. Basic Christian Ethics (RLGN 5323) - research in the principles of Christian ethics and their application to the problems of contemporary society.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

RLED 5101. Colloquium - A study of various topics in religious education. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5301. Survey of Christian Education - Research into the historical and philosophical background of Christian Education with emphasis on Christian Education in the church.

RLED 5302. Church Administration - Research into the principles of administrative leadership within a church with emphasis on church staff relations and coordination of volunteer leadership.

RLED 5303. Seminar on Christian Education - Research into the foundations for Christian education, with emphasis on implementation in the local church. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5308. Evangelism (RLGN 5308) - Research into the history and methods of evangelism with special attention to contemporary expression.

RLED 5312. Contemporary Christian Missions (RLGN 5312) - Programs of missions administered through various national and international evangelical missions agencies, emphasizing organization, strategies, and methods of support and involvement.

RLED 5315. The Christian Ministry (RLGN 5315) - The nature of the ministry of the Christian Church including its theology and its practice.

RLED 5316. Seminar on Topics in Religious Education - Research into selected issues in religious education, including principles of teaching, the teaching ministry, education administration, church growth, and small group dynamics. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5317. Seminar on Age-Group Christian Education - Research into the educational ministry to children, youth, and adults, with emphasis given to religious and spiritual formation. May be repeated for credit when content varies. .

RLED 5321. Psychology of Religion (RLGN 5321) - Research into issues of integration of psychology and religion as they impact spiritual formation.

RLED 5335. Seminar on Principles of Pastoral Counseling (RLGN) - development of helping skills, examination of special theories of pastoral counseling emphasizing family and crisis counseling. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5349. History of Christian Missions (RLGN 5349) - The history of Christian missions with an emphasis upon the Modern Missions Movement and the Baptist missions efforts..

RLED 5360. Practicum (RLGN 5360) - A professional project conducted under the guidance of a skilled supervisor. May be repeated once for credit.

RELIGION

RLGN 5101. Colloquium - A study of various topics in theology, Bible, church history, Christian ministry, and Christian ethics. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLGN 5102. Comprehensive Written Examination - Eight hour written examination over all courses taken at Wayland Baptist University for the Master of Christian Ministry degree. May be taken in two consecutive days at four hours each day. One semester hour of credit is granted for this course.

RLGN 5103. Capstone Course for the Master of Christian Ministry Degree - This seminar will require the student to reflect on his/her course of study, to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the graduate program courses, and to explain how these courses can inform the practice of specific ministries.

RLGN 5303. Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 5303) - research in philosophical thinking about religion with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Major attention is given to the nature of religious experience, the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, religious epistemology, human destiny, and the relation of science and religion.


RLGN 5304. Old Testament Theology - research in major theological concepts in the Old Testament.

RLGN 5305. New Testament Theology - research in major theological concepts in the New Testament.

RLGN 5306. The Intertestamental Period - research in the history of the Jewish people during the period known as Second Temple Judaism, including a survey of apocryphal, pseudepigraphal and Dead Sea literature and their implications for New Testament study.

RLGN 5307. Church History - research in the history of the Christian Church.

RLGN 5308. Evangelism (RLED 5308) - Research into the history and methods of evangelism\ with special attention to contemporary expression. Prerequisite: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 5310. World Religions (PHIL 5310) - research in the origin, personalities, historical development, and basic thought of major religions of the world.

RLGN 5311. New Religious Movements - Intensive study and analysis of origins, personalities,historical development, and thought of religious or spiritual groups founded after 1800, which evidence deviant beliefs and/or practices from established denominations and religions. Major attention will be given to Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, New Age Movements, and other groups which have a significant presence in the United States.

RLGN 5312. Contemporary Christian Missions (RLED 5312) - research in programs of missions administered through various national and international evangelical missions agencies, emphasizing organization, strategies, and methods of support and involvement. Prerequisite: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 5313. Issues in Contemporary Theology - Issues in contemporary theology based upon the writings of major twentieth-century theologians.

RLGN 5314. Biblical Interpretation (PHIL 5314) - research in the principles and methods of biblical exegesis and interpretation with an emphasis on the problem of communicating the biblical message in the modern world.

RLGN 5315. The Christian Ministry (RLED 5315) - research in the nature of the ministry of the Christian Church including its theology and its practice.

RLGN 5316. Pentateuch and Former Prophets - Intensive examination of the history of scholarship; the impact of the scholarship on biblical interpretation; and exegetical analysis of Genesis through Second Kings.

RLGN 5317. Latter Prophets - Intensive examination of the lives and literature of the major and minor prophets of the Hebrew Scripture in relationship to their historical and cultural setting and application of their message to the church of today.

RLGN 5318. The Writings - Intensive examination of the history of the Jewish people during the period of the Writings division of the Hebrew Scripture and of the literature of this division.

RLGN 5319. Preaching - research in the nature and importance of preaching along with the fundamentals of sermon preparation. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.

RLGN 5320. Jesus and the Gospels - research in the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the canonical Gospels with an emphasis on the use of biblical criticisms in the study of Jesus and the Gospels.

RLGN 5321. Psychology of Religion (RLED 5321) - Research into issues of integration of psychology and religion as they impact spiritual formation. Prerequisite: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 5322. Life and Letters of Paul - research in the life of Paul and an interpretation of the letters with particular attention to their historical settings, and with an emphasis on the problem of the relationship of Acts to the canonical letters.

RLGN 5323. Basic Christian Ethics (PHIL 5323) - research in the principles of Christian ethics and their application to the problems of contemporary society.

RLGN 5324. General Epistles and Revelation - research in the epistles of Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude, and the book of Revelation with particular attention to their historical settings, with an emphasis on questions concerning the literary genre of each writing.

RLGN 5325. Historical Theology - research in theological developments of the church from the New Testament period to the contemporary era.


RLGN 5326. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit - Research in theology and work of the Holy Spirit.


RLGN 5327. Christian Worship - research in theology and practice of Christian worship.


RLGN 5328. Renaissance and Reformation (HIST 5328) - Social, political, intellectual, and religious development of Europe, 1350-1650, with special emphasis on Renaissance culture, the Protestant revolution, Catholic Reform, and the age of religious wars, including historiographical interpretation and original analytical research in secondary and primary sources.

RLGN 5330. Baptist History - research in the history of the Baptists to the present.

RLGN 5331. Seminar on Issues in New Testament Interpretation - Key New Testament subjects: the Kingdom of God, Miracle Stories, Jesus' Parables, the Jew-Gentile Issue, the Gnostic Problem and Apocalyptic. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.


RLGN 5332. Seminar on Issues in Old Testament Interpretation - Key Old Testament subjects: Covenant and Law, Exodus themes, Promise and Fulfillment (Patriarchal and Prophetic), Wisdom themes (theodicy, suffering, sacred, secular), History as Revelation, Messianism. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.

RLGN 5334. Seminar on Systematic Theology - A constructive examination of the classic and contemporary formulation of Christian doctrines. May be repeated when content varies.

RLGN 5335. Seminar on Principles of Pastoral Counseling - Development of helping skills, examination of special theories of pastoral counseling emphasizing family and crisis counseling. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLGN 5337. Seminar on Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds to the Old Testament - A critical examination of the political events, persons, as well as the cultural and religious factors, from the fourth to the first millennia B.C.E. in Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Anatolia.

RLGN 5338. Seminar on Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected Old Testament Writings - A detailed examination and exposition of individual Old Testament books. May be repeated when content varies. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.

RLGN 5340. Seminar on Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected New Testament Writings - A detailed examination and exposition of individual New Testament books. May be repeated when content varies. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.

RLGN 5341. Seminar on Studies in the Synoptics - An intensive analysis and interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels. May be repeated when content varies. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.


RLGN 5342. Seminar on Selected Theologians - A study of selected individual theologians. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLGN 5343. Seminar on Topics in Christian Theology - A study of various topics which are directly related to significant theological inquiry. May be repeated when content varies.


RLGN 5346. Christian Theology - research in the nature, source, and scope of the doctrines of Christianity. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302, as well as RLGN 4314 or 5314 or equivalent.


RLGN 5348. Seminar on Topics in Pastoral Counseling - Examination of various issues: Religion and Personality, Psychology of Religious Experience, Family Ministry in the Church. May be repeated for credit when the content varies.


RLGN 5349. History of Christian Missions (RLED 5349) - research in the history of Christian missions with an emphasis upon the Modern Missions Movement and the Baptist missions efforts.

RLGN 5350. Old Testament Foundations I - introduction to the ancient Near Eastern background and canon of the Old Testament, including the contents of Genesis 1 through 1 Kings 11 (and 1 Chronicles) with emphasis on pertinent historical issues, theological interpretation, and contemporary application.

RLGN 5351. Old Testament Foundations II
- survey of the Divided Kingdom through the Restoration of Israel including the contents of 1 Kings 12 (less 1 Chronicles) through Malachi with emphasis on pertinent historical issues, theological interpretation, and contemporary application.

RLGN 5352. New Testament Foundations I - introduction to the historical and cultural background from the Intertestamental Period through the first century; the nature and canon of the New Testament, New Testament criticism, and the contents and significance of the canonical Gospels with emphasis on pertinent critical and historical issues, theological interpretation, and contemporary application.

RLGN 5353. New Testament Foundations II - survey of the critical issues, content, and significance of Acts through Revelation with emphasis on pertinent historical issues, theological interpretation, and contemporary application.

RLGN 5360. Practicum (RLED 5360) - A professional project conducted under the guidance of a skilled supervisor. May be repeated once for credit.

RLGN 5660. Thesis - Required for all students seeking the Master of Arts in Religion degree. Prerequisites: Completion of all required course work, passing comprehensive examinations, and approval of school.