CHRISTIAN CULTURE

 

The course will study the relation between Christ and culture, faith and learning and Christianity and philosophy, followed by such epistemological topics as the nature of truth, perception and knowledge.

 

CC 301 Introduction to Christian Philosophy (2)

This course will provide the student with a systematic introduction to the discipline or philosophy.

 

CC 302 Logic (2)

This course will first use the concepts of possible worlds to introduce modal properties like contingency and necessity and modal relations like implication and consistency.

 

CC 303 Plato, Aristotle and Medievals (2)

This course focuses on Plato and Aristotle, examining the Aristotelian system from the perspective of his metaphysics, logic, ethics, physics, and politics.

 

CC 304 The Empiricists: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume (2)

This course examines the three great British empiricists of the modern era and focuses on their respective treatment of questions concerning innate ideas, perception, universals, and the scope of human knowledge.

 

CC 305 Continental Philosophy: From Descartes to Hegel (2)

This course begins with 17th century rationalism and traces that tradition from Descartes through Spinoza and Leibniz. In the 18th  century, the tradition culminates in the German idealism of Kant, also traces German idealism from Kant to Hegel in the 19th  century.

 

CC 306 Epistemology (2)

A systematic examination of such subjects as perception, knowledge, belief, truth, universals, necessary truth and meaning.

 

CC 307 Ethics (2)

A study of the principal views in contemporary metaphysics about the nature and justification of moral theories.

 

CC 308 Perception (2)

A study of the physiological mechanisms underflying the perceptual process, psychological theories of perception and philosophical and psychological research relating to the representation and processing of sensory data.

 

CC 309 Recent Philosophy (2)

A Study of selected works by Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, Sellars and Quine.

                                                                           

CC 310 Philosophy of Mind (2)

Discussion of the Biblical view of man, dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, and functionalism.

 

CC 311 Philosophy of Religion (2)

Issues to be examined include Plantinga’s claim that belief in God is a basic belief, evidentialism, Swinburne’s inductive arguments for theism, religious experience, the intelligibility of God talk, the problem of evil, and whether the afterlife will be embodied or disembodied.

 

CC 401 History of Western Civilization (2)

This course is a study of the development of Western Civilization from its foundation in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to the present day. Comparisons will be made with the non-western cultures, emphasizing their contributions to western history.

 

CC 402 Ancient History (2)

Main features of ancient history from the beginnings of civilization to the fall of Rome.

 

CC 403 Medieval History (2)

The intellectual, social, economic and political development of European civilization from the late Roman empire to the renaissance.

 

CC 404 Renaissance and Reformation (2)

This course looks at the rise of humanism and Protestantism in the early modern era and analyzes intellectual traditions against the authority of Scripture.

                                                                          

CC 405 Latin American History (2)

This course studies the history of Central and South America and the Caribbean. It begins with pre-European civilizations and proceeds through to the present day. It provides insight into colonial developments, movements for independence, relations with the U.S. and recent efforts to throw off U.S. hegemony.

 

CC 406 Contemporary Europe (2)

European political, economic, social and intellectual history in the 20th century.

 

CC 407 Modern Far Eastern History (2)

This course looks at cultural and political developments such as the rise of major world religious such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism, the establishment of Communism, and the growth of the economic power of Japan, Korea and others.

 

CC 408 Russia in the Modern Period (2)

This course traces the history of one of the world’s superpowers from the early modern era to the present day.

 

CC 409 History of Christianity (2)

Development of institutions of the Christian church from its inception to the present.

                                                                        

CC 410 History of Political and Social Thought (2)

Critical analysis of selected readings in political and social thought from the Greeks to the present.

 

CC 411 The Black Experience (2)

This course begins with the exploitation of African peoples as slaves in the U.S. and culminates in a study of the efforts by the African-American community to move beyond their past.

 

CC 412 19th Century Europe (2)

The intellectual, political, cultural and economic developments of European history from the French Revolution.

 

CC 413 The Henry of England (2)

An overview of the years following the Conquest and preceding the colonial era, this course analyzes the rise of England by studying the reigns of the eight English kings bearing the name of Henry.

 

CC 414 History of Religion in America (2)

The history of Christian and non-Christian religious and the cults in America.

 

CC 415 Contemporary America (2)

The United States from 1945 to the present, with emphasis on American diplomacy and recent wars, the civil rights and women’s movements, the youth culture, the impact of Eastern religious movements, and changing social values.

                                                                           

CC 416 Historical Interpretation (2)

Analysis of selected problems in history, historiography, and philosophy of history.

 

CC 417 Geography of Bible Lands (2)

Physical geography of Palestine including natural regions, political units, geographical history since antiquity, identification of ancient sites, and a description of the present state of excavation at each tell or location.

 

CC 418 Archaeology of the Biblical World (2)

Survey of the ancient peoples of the biblical world including the Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hurrians, Hittites, and others, with particular attention to political, social, and economic aspects of these cultures which are of significance in interpreting the Old Testament.

 

CC  501 Introduction to Fine Arts (2)

This course studies the major developments in Christian arts and sculpture. Emphasis is placed on standard artworks and their reflection of religious, social, and cultural life.

 

CC 502 Art of the Ancient World (2)

A survey of the art of earliest human cultures through the classic civilizations of Sumeria, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome.

 

CC 503 Medieval and Renaissance Art (2)

A survey of world art during the Middle Ages and the European Renaissance.

 

CC 504 18th and 19th Century Art (2)

A survey of world art during the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

CC 505 Fine Arts in the 20th Century (2)

A study of the major developments in music, art, and architecture of the 20th century.

Includes visits to various museums, concert halls, and architectural sites in the world.

 

CC 506 History of Philosophy of Religion I (3)

Religious and theological issues in the principal thinkers of the western philosophical tradition in the ancient and medieval periods such as Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Avicenna, Anselm, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham.

 

CC 507 History of Philosophy of Religion II (3)

Religious and theological issues in the principal thinkers of the western philosophical tradition in the early modern period such as Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Berkekey, Hume, Leibniz, and Kant.

 

CC 508 History of Philosophy of Religion III (3)

Religious and theological issues in the principal thinkers of the western philosophical tradition in the later modern period such as Hegel, Marx, Comte, Bradly, Russell, Wittgenstein, Bergson, Whitehead, and Sartre.

                                                                          

CC 509 Religion and Science (3)

Study of the interface between philosophy of religion and philosophy of science with an emphasis on the nature and formation of scientific theories, the relation of scientific statements to reality, the philosophical ramifications of relativity theory and quantum physics, and the implications of these issues for the Christian view of the world.

 

CC 601 Current Studies in Philosophy of Religion (3)

Topics selected which deal with significant issues related to philosophy of religion.

 

CC 602 Religious Epistemology (3)

Examination of the ways of knowing and tests for truth with special emphasis on the problems of religious knowledge and their implications for theological issues.

 

CC 603 Theism (3)

Study in the existence and nature of God with emphasis on theistic arguments(ontological, cosmological, theological and moral), and on the internal coherence of the divine attributes such as necessity, omnipotence and omniscience.

 

CC 604 Analytic Philosophy (3)

Examination of the main stream of thought arising out of Wittgenstein including Russell, Ayer, Wisdom, Ramsey and others as they bear on current issues in philosophy of religion.

 

CC 605 Phenomenology (3)

Religious implications of phenomenology as a philosophical and hermeneutical method with special emphasis on Husserl and subsequent thinkers influenced by his thought.

 

CC 606 Existentialism (3)

Comparative study of the religious thought of the principle existentialist philosophers including Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, and Sartre.

 

CC 607 Oriental Philosophy (3)

An examination of the main stream of Eastern Philosophy particularly as it bears upon the relationship between the truth claim of the Christian world view and that of the oriental philosophical perspectives associated with Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

 

CC 608 Philosophers of Religion (3)

In-depth consideration of the philosophy of an important religious thinker such as Augustine, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Tillich, and Hartshorne.

 

CC 609 Philosophers of Religious Significance (3)

In-depth consideration of the philosophy of an important non-religious thinker such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Russell, or Wittgenstein whose thought strongly influenced religious and theological issues.                                                                       

 

CC 610 Seminar: Current Issues in Philosophy of Religion (3)

Alternate analyses of selected issues in philosophy of religion and their implications for Christian thought; includes such as the problem of evil, questions  concerning the concept of God, the nature and possibility of the miraculous, freedom and determinism, and the historicity of the resurrection of Christ.