Summer Learning TracksCore Faith

Our “Core Faith” courses on prayer, church history, theology, and the Bible will give you a stronger sense of who you are, where you come from, and the value of the Christian tradition. They will help you build a closer relationship with God and take your faith to the next level.

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All Core Faith Courses

  • Course
    Instructor
    Credits
    Term
  • BIBL 501
    Vancouver
    Old Testament Foundations
    3.00
    2014 Spring Session
    May 12 - May 23
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 501

    Old Testament Foundations

    This is one of our most popular courses and a great place to start if you want to deepen your knowledge of the Bible. We will present an overview of the background and contents of the books that make up the Old Testament, and will offer some reflection on how they are best read together as part of the Christian canon of Scripture.

    Note: Maximum enrollment: 50 credit students, unlimited auditors

    Note: Class will be held on Victoria Day, May 19, 2014.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • BIBL 543
    Vancouver
    God's Faithful Character: The Key to the New Testament's Use of the Old
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Spring Session
    May 12 - May 23
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 543

    God's Faithful Character: The Key to the New Testament's Use of the Old

    How do we read the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament, especially those passages that seem to disregard the context, treat Scripture atomistically, or allegorize it? Attempts to “save” the New Testament authors have contributed to a range of different strategies, but this course takes a much more straightforward approach beginning with the central concern of the Scriptures: the revelation of God’s faithful saving character through the person of Christ.

    Additional Info

    Class will be held on Victoria Day, May 19, 2014.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
  • BIBL 635
    Vancouver
    Living with Beastly Empires: The Book of Daniel
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Spring Session
    May 12 - May 23
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 03:45PM
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    BIBL 635

    Living with Beastly Empires: The Book of Daniel

    What kind of text are we dealing with in Daniel, and what difference should this make to our interpretation of the book? Have Christians rightly interpreted it over the centuries, and what are the boundaries of legitimate interpretation? These are some of the questions this course will address as we seek to understand what this “book of exile” has to say to the church and to the world in 2014 and beyond.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:

    It is recommended but not required that students have already completed BIBL 501, BIBL 503, and LANG 500 or LANG 510/511.

    Additional Info

    Note: Maximum enrollment: 50 credit students, unlimited auditors

    Note: Class will be held on Victoria Day, May 19.

  • HIST 650
    Vancouver
    The Anglican Heritage: History and Theology
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Spring Session
    May 12 - May 23
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    HIST 650

    The Anglican Heritage: History and Theology

    This course is also offered as THEO 650

    This course surveys Anglican history and the core convictions, contentions, and concerns that have marked theology within it from the Reformation up to today. It includes readings from theologians in the Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, and Broad Church traditions and will conclude with discussion of Anglican identity today. It will thus serve as preparation for a teaching ministry in any Anglican context and as a contribution to transdenominational understanding.

    Additional Info

    Class will be held on Victoria Day, May 19, 2014.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
  • THEO 650
    Vancouver
    The Anglican Heritage: History and Theology
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Spring Session
    May 12 - May 23
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    THEO 650

    The Anglican Heritage: History and Theology

    This course is also offered as HIST 650

    This course surveys Anglican history and the core convictions, contentions, and concerns that have marked theology within it from the Reformation up to today. It includes readings from theologians in the Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, and Broad Church traditions and will conclude with discussion of Anglican identity today. It will thus serve as preparation for a teaching ministry in any Anglican context and as a contribution to transdenominational understanding.

    Additional Info

    Class will be held on Victoria Day, May 19, 2014.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • BIBL 555
    Vancouver
    God is Light, God is Love: Major Themes in John's Letters
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Spring Session
    May 26 - May 30
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    BIBL 555

    God is Light, God is Love: Major Themes in John's Letters

    Among the shortest books of the New Testament, John’s letters and the spiritual wisdom they offer are often overlooked. This course will discuss the major themes of his three epistles and their relationship to the Gospel of John. You will also explore the books’ teaching about the nature of Jesus Christ, attitudes toward sin, and what it means to love God.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • THEO 610
    Vancouver
    “What is Man?”: Key Themes in the Theology of Being Human
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Spring Session
    Jun 2 - Jun 6
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    THEO 610

    “What is Man?”: Key Themes in the Theology of Being Human

    Hamlet asked the question, “What is man?” as did the Psalmist long before him. This course will focus on key aspects of theological anthropology (the doctrine of humanity), including the constitution of humankind, our original state and the ‘lapse' into sin, the bondage of the will, the sense in which humankind is and isn’t free, human responsibility, the place of the emotions, the conflicts of the Christian life (including self-deception and temptation) and finally, what it means to be sinless.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    It is recommended but not required that students have already completed some graduate-level theological studies prior to taking this course.
  • SPIR 635
    Vancouver
    Conversion and Transformation
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Spring Session
    Jun 9 - Jun 13
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    SPIR 635

    Conversion and Transformation

    This course is also offered as THEO 635

    Examine the theology of religious experience with a particular focus on the nature and character of Christian conversion and spiritual change. Attention will also be given to the theological rationale for programs that foster conversion and spiritual formation. As a primary focus, the course will enable you to see how understanding your own conversion fosters self-knowledge and personal transformation.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • THEO 635
    Vancouver
    Conversion and Transformation
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Spring Session
    Jun 9 - Jun 13
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    THEO 635

    Conversion and Transformation

    This course is also offered as SPIR 635

    Examine the theology of religious experience with a particular focus on the nature and character of Christian conversion and spiritual change. Attention will also be given to the theological rationale for programs that foster conversion and spiritual formation. As a primary focus, the course will enable you to see how understanding your own conversion fosters self-knowledge and personal transformation.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • THEO 640
    Vancouver
    Calvin’s Other Points
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Spring Session
    Jun 9 - Jun 13
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    THEO 640

    Calvin’s Other Points

    Calvin’s theology is widely believed to consist of the famous (or notorious)“Five Points” and nothing more. In this course, we will consider other aspects of Calvin’s thought that are neglected but have similar importance and interest—the knowledge of God and of ourselves; his Catholic Christianity; his account of God’s double gift: justification and sanctification; the two kingdoms and the significance of human culture; and God’s providence and fatalism.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    It is recommended but not required that students have already completed some graduate-level theological studies prior to taking this course.
  • BIBL 502
    Vancouver
    New Testament Foundations
    3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jun 30 - Jul 11
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 502

    New Testament Foundations

    (A) (Distance Education Option Available)

    This course seeks to introduce the content of the books of the New Testament with a view to providing a basis for further reading and study. The primary focus will be on the message and content of each book within its particular historical-cultural setting, with attention given to its contribution to the theology of the New Testament as a whole. Selected critical issues will also be dealt with.

    Note: The on-campus Summer version of this course taught by Tony Cummins has special drop deadlines. The deadline for dropping this course with refund is 4:30pm on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 (100% refund). All other registration, payment and drop deadlines remain the same as for regular 2-week courses.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

    Additional Info

    Distance Education Option:  This course is also offered by Distance Education, though it follows a new format than previous year. For more information on these changes, see the Distance Education webpage

  • LANG 510
    Vancouver
    Introductory Old Testament Hebrew I
    3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jun 30 - Jul 24
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur
    08:30AM - 01:00PM
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    LANG 510

    Introductory Old Testament Hebrew I

    In this intensive course, you will learn the basic morphology, syntax, and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, laying the foundations for a lifetime of reading the original text of the Old Testament. Techniques will involve primarily reading and writing, and secondarily listening, speaking, and acting, hoping to deepen your connection to the language for long-term retention and greater fluency of reading.

    Note: This course has a maximum enrollment of 30 students.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • LANG 550
    Vancouver
    Introductory New Testament Greek I
    3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jun 30 - Jul 21
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur
    08:30AM - 01:00PM
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    LANG 550

    Introductory New Testament Greek I

    In this intensive course, you will learn the foundational vocabulary, morphology, grammar, and syntax you need in order to translate large portions of the Greek New Testament by the end of the summer. The pace is rapid and the workload is heavy, but many students find the immersion experience to be richly rewarding.

    Note: This course has a maximum enrollment of 30 students.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    Prerequisites:

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • BIBL 511
    Vancouver
    Listening to Micah
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 7 - Jul 11
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 511

    Listening to Micah

    The Book of Micah opens with a thunderclap: “The word of the LORD.” God’s message “came” through Micah’s personality, spirit, language, and voice. Micah was also the Lord’s pen, guiding the Magi to Bethlehem. The book still speaks today. When the Library of Congress in Washington, DC was rebuilt in the late nineteenth century, prominent religious leaders chose Micah 6:8 as the motto for the carrel of religion. This course aims to open the student’s ear to the Lord’s message.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • SPIR 561
    Vancouver
    Five Traditions & Practices of Prayer
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 7 - Jul 13
    Mon, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    SPIR 561

    Five Traditions & Practices of Prayer

    This course explores five traditions and practices of prayer from the history of the church: the short, frequent prayers of the Desert Fathers; the liturgical collect of the Gregorian Sacramentary and the Book of Common Prayer; the examen conscience among the Jesuits and the Puritans; the use of imagination in disciplined meditation (composition of place) in the seventeenth-century meditative devotion of the Jesuits, Francis de Sales, and the Puritans; and the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for personal prayer in Martin Luther and C.S. Lewis. Each day we will examine one of these practices, place it in historical context, and discuss a short classic text from the persons or period concerned. But just like one wants not just to study sheet music, but to play the music for oneself, we will take time together to practise these patterns of prayer during the week and on a guided, quiet retreat over the weekend at the conclusion of the week of classes.

    Note: This course includes a required prayer retreat for credit students that will take place Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13 in Sumas, Washington. The $195 cost of the retreat is in addition to the tuition costs of the course and includes accommodation for two nights and meals from breakfast Saturday to lunch on Sunday. The cost does not include transportation. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he or she has the necessary documentation to enter the United States. 

    Additional Info

    Maximum enrollment: 27 credit students, unlimited auditors.

    Note: This course also has special payment and refund deadlines:

    Credit students: The deadline for registering for or dropping the course with a 100% refund is 4:30 pm on Monday, June 23, 2014. Payment deadline for all course tuition and fees is also June 23, 2014. There are no refunds of additional course fees after June 23. The deadline for dropping the course with a 75% refund of tuition is 4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 8, but this course may be dropped without refund of tuition until July 11.

    Audit students: The deadline for registering for or dropping the course with a 100% refund is Monday, July 7, 2014. Please note that any audit student interested in going on the weekend retreat in addition to the course must send an email indicating their interest to (retreats@regent-college.edu) by Monday, June 23, 2014. Audit students will be waitlisted for the weekend retreat and will be notified on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 if there is still space on the retreat. The additional course fee of $195 for the retreat must be paid by audit students by Monday, June 30 and is not refundable once paid.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • BIBL 508
    Vancouver
    History of New Testament Interpretation
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 14 - Jul 25
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 03:45PM
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    BIBL 508

    History of New Testament Interpretation

    How has the same Bible yielded so many different interpretations over the centuries, and are our modern interpretations any better? This course responds to such questions with an investigation of biblical interpretation from the first century to the present, with a focus on our modern era (since ca. 1800) and the New Testament. You will investigate leading thinkers and movements, the rise and fall of interpretative eras and approaches, and biblical interpretation as a phenomenon of world Christianity.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
  • BIBL 525
    Vancouver
    The Book of Exodus: From Slavery to Freedom
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 14 - Jul 18
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    BIBL 525

    The Book of Exodus: From Slavery to Freedom

    An incredible story unfolds in the book of Exodus. The descendants of Israel are subject to oppression and slavery before a dramatic rescue allows them to embark on a journey toward the land of their inheritance. In this course we will study substantial portions of Exodus and consider both the story and its reception history, while also reflecting on key literary and theological issues that arise from this formative text.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
  • BIBL 573
    Vancouver
    How to Read Non-canonical Gospels
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 14 - Jul 25
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 573

    How to Read Non-canonical Gospels

    Gospel-like texts outside the New Testament canon reveal the diverse religious imagery of the early church and its competitors. Aspects of this imaginative world also resonate with Western religious and cultural trends of the early twenty-first century, from Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code to newly discovered texts like The Gospel of Judas. Why did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John become canonical? What makes some ancient non-canonical texts “apocryphal,” and why did some enjoy enormous popularity while others languished? Explore these questions in this course.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
  • SPIR 554
    Vancouver
    Contemplative Listening
    2.00 - 3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 14 - Jul 25
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    SPIR 554

    Contemplative Listening

    Scripture resounds with God’s call to hear—Shema. The discipline and gift of listening is foundational to the Christian life of loving God and neighbour. How do we orient ourselves toward God’s voice and another person in a culture that loudly drives, seduces, engages, and distracts us? Learn basic theory and practices of contemplative listening that lie at the core of spiritual direction and relationships of spiritual friendship.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
  • BIBL 533
    Vancouver
    Portraits of the Prophets
    1.00 - 2.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 21 - Jul 25
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    BIBL 533

    Portraits of the Prophets

    What is the contribution of the prophets to Israel’s story, and how are the prophets rendered on the textual canvas? This group of leaders provides us with an incredible range of personalities and interactions: Nathan and Huldah in the political arena; Elisha and Isaiah with international crises; Ezekiel and the exile; as well as the unique portraits of figures like Jonah and Daniel. This course explores a number of famous and less-known prophets and presents interpretive strategies for appreciating this diverse cast of characters.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
  • LANG 551
    Vancouver
    Introductory New Testament Greek II
    3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 21 - Aug 15
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur
    08:30AM - 01:00PM
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    LANG 551

    Introductory New Testament Greek II

    In this intensive course, you will learn the foundational vocabulary, morphology, grammar, and syntax you need in order to translate large portions of the Greek New Testament by the end of the summer. The pace is rapid and the workload is heavy, but many students find the immersion experience to be richly rewarding.

    Maximum enrollment: 30 students.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    Prerequisites:
    LANG 550
  • LANG 511
    Vancouver
    Introductory Old Testament Hebrew II
    3.00
    2014 Summer Session
    Jul 22 - Aug 15
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur
    08:30AM - 01:00PM
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    LANG 511

    Introductory Old Testament Hebrew II

    This course is a continuation of LANG 510. Our primary focus this term will be the Hebrew verb system with an emphasis on the various forms of the Hebrew verb (morphology). At the same time we will be continuing to work on building our vocabulary base and expanding our capacity to translate biblical texts.

    Maximum enrollment: 25 students.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    Prerequisites:
    LANG 510