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    Instructor
    Credits
    Term
  • APPL 509
    Vancouver
    More than Music: Reimagining Worship
    To be Determined
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    APPL 509

    More than Music: Reimagining Worship

    Movements like Hillsong and Jesus Culture have made music a central focus of worship renewal. But are there subtle dangers in placing too much emphasis on this one aspect of worship? Many churches now invest considerable time and energy in music, and spend significant portions of each service singing together. What else may we be overlooking in the process? This course explores the changing role of music in congregational worship, and offers practical suggestions for planning and leading contemporary worship.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • APPL 521
    Vancouver
    Holistic Disciple-making for the 21st Century
    Krishna Kandiah
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    APPL 521

    Holistic Disciple-making for the 21st Century

    Two years ago, a viral blog post bore the cryptic title, “Why Millenials Are Leaving the Church.” The debate rages on today. How do we equip Christians for the whole of life, not just for our own subculture? 

      With Christendom crumbling we need models of discipleship that equip the church for the whole of life, not just the Christian subculture. Jesus summarized the mission of the church as disciple-making and yet most of our leaders feel inadequately equipped to do this. The discipleship deficit is crippling the church. We are seeing large numbers of young adults walk away from our congregations. We are seeing our strongest Christians afraid of being and sharing the Good News. We are losing the ability to navigate and understand and apply the Scriptures. This course aims to equip you with theological and practical models for making disciples who are biblically literate, evangelistically confident, culturally sensitive, globally connected and missionally integrated.

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

    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • APPL 524
    Vancouver
    Effective Organizations
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    APPL 524

    Effective Organizations

    This course is also offered as INDS.524

    The word “institution” might send shivers through our cultural backbone. But institutions matter. Our impact as Christians in culture grows exponentially when we learn to foster vital and effective institutions.

    Institutions merit the investment of our time and energy. This course will develop a theological vision for institutions as venues for the synergy of talent, effort and vision. Our impact, as Christians, in our social contexts, is exponentially greater when we learn to foster vital and effective institutions. And for this, we need to develop an institutional intelligence: the capacity to understand how institutions work and flourish; and, an appreciation of the essential elements of effective organizations. Anyone who is part of an institution would be wise to consider the health and vitality of the organization as essential to their own vocational development. While the primary focus will be on non-profit organizations, by way of case studies, consideration will also be given to the institutional character of church communities.

    Register

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • APPL 537
    Vancouver
    Counselling, Community, and Congregational Life
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    06:30PM - 09:30PM
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    APPL 537

    Counselling, Community, and Congregational Life

    All too often, we worship together yet suffer alone. Counselling has become the venue of private therapists and paid professionals. Through the lens of Scripture, sociology, and psychology, consider the role of community in the process of healing. 

    In much of the evangelical world there is a separation between counselling, community and congregational life. The counselling enterprise has become a private sanctioned retreat that has de-emphasized community with the result that the power of congregational life to bring healing has been ignored or negated. Central to this course will be the assumption that communal paradigms for help are not only more consistent with a biblical understanding of people but also more effective. Through the lens of Scripture, sociology and psychology this course will invite students, whether they have a call to a counselling ministry or to congregational life, to explore theoretical issues related to the role of community in the process of healing and to develop practical ways to work this out in congregational life.

    Register

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1

    Additional Info

    Note: This course has special drop deadlines

  • APPL 539
    Vancouver
    Making Christ Known: Apologetics and the Christian Mission
    Krishna Kandiah
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    APPL 539

    Making Christ Known: Apologetics and the Christian Mission

    Our post-Christian context need not signal impending doom. Engage in the three- way conversation between modern evangelistic methods, historical missiology, and contemporary secular values. Emerge better equipped to evaluate evangelistic strategies and sharpen your reasoning skills for God’s mission today. James Denney the nineteenth century Scottish theologian argued that: “If evangelists were our theologians or theologians our evangelists, we should be nearer the ideal, for the evangelist is in the last resort the judge of theology.” This course is driven by the conviction that Denney was right. Through this course students will engage in a three-way dialogue on the subject of evangelism in a post-Christian context, seeking to engage with firstly coal face evangelistic practice, secondly theological and missiological reflection and thirdly an understanding of our contemporary cultures. 

    During the course, we will discuss the writings of missiologists such as Lesslie Newbigin, David Bosch, NT Wright and many more and explore different evangelistic strategies ranging from seeker services; café church, the Alpha course, missional communities to the use of movies in evangelistic dialogue.

    Students will learn how to critically assess evangelistic strategies and methodologies in light of biblical and systematic theology. They will learn to think through evangelism within both practical and theological frameworks and will explore how to communicate the gospel being mindful of cultural conditioning and context. Students will be better equipped to evaluate evangelistic strategies as well as being inspired to sharpen their own skills in evangelism. Dr Kandiah describes himself as a reflective practitioner – an evangelist with a theological mindset.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • APPL 549
    Kenya
    Into Africa: Exploring Theology and Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya
    3.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
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    APPL 549

    Into Africa: Exploring Theology and Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya

    This course is also offered as THEO 549

    With the dramatic shift in the centre of world Christianity from the West to the Majority World, Africa is now a vital centre of global Christianity. This course will explore aspects of African Christianity, both intellectually and experientially, through intensive exposure to theology and ministry in Nairobi, Kenya.

    This course is offered off-campus at the Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Contact Diane Stinton (goglobal@regent-college.edu) regarding registration details, additional course fees, flights, accommodations, and other matters.

    Maximum enrollment: 10 students. No auditors. This course has a special registration process, and special payment and refund deadlines.

    Credit Hours:
    3

    Additional Info

     Additional course fee: $1200

  • APPL 589
    Vancouver
    Relational Ministry, Young People, and the Church
    To be Determined
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    APPL 589

    Relational Ministry, Young People, and the Church

    Face-to-face interactions give life. So it’s no surprise that at its core, ministry is about relationships. But what are some of the blind spots in our contemporary understanding of relationships, especially with the younger generations? Reimagine relational youth ministry as something more than merely convincing youth to change their behaviour. Relational ministry will be re-imagined not as seeking to influence people toward some end (to accept Jesus/to avoid immoral behaviour/to come to church), but rather, seeing it as place-sharing.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • BIBL 501
    Vancouver
    Old Testament Foundations
    3.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 501

    Old Testament Foundations

    This course aims to present an overview of the background and contents of the books that make up the Old Testament, and to offer some reflection on the question of how they are best read together as part of the Christian canon of Scripture, and how they should shape both the Christian life and the Christian engagement with culture.  The course is most profitably taken in conjunction with INDS 501 Christian Thought and Culture I, which offers further opportunity for consideration of how the Old Testament has functioned and should function as an intrinsic component of the Scriptural rule of faith and life for the Christian.

    Register

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

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • BIBL 502
    Vancouver
    New Testament Foundations
    3.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 03:45PM
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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.

    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

  • BIBL 559
    Vancouver
    Paul and the Corinthians
    Paul Barnett
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 559

    Paul and the Corinthians

    Pastors and church leaders encounter uniquely heart-rending complexities as they shepherd their flocks. Draw wisdom from the Scriptures by looking at the challenges that the Apostle Paul encountered. Paul was engaged with the church in Corinth for more than seven years. Yet his last several years were marked by great difficulty from long-term issues in the church and by the arrival of attractive but heterodox teachers. The two extant epistles, with the book of Acts are a fascinating window into the Paul’s pastoral approach to these very serious problems. These texts are among the most important in the New Testament and provide important guidance for subsequent generations of pastors and church leaders.

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    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
  • BIBL 587
    Vancouver
    The Wisdom of Proverbs
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 587

    The Wisdom of Proverbs

    Amidst inane clichés, trivial catchwords, and godless sound bites, the expression of true wisdom is in short supply today. The church stands alone as the receptacle and repository of the inspired wisdom that carries a mandate for a holy life from ancient kings and their courtiers. As the course and bulk of biblical wisdom, the book of Proverbs remains the model of curriculum for humanity, especially youth, to learn social skills in relation to God and others. As such. the book of Proverbs invites serious study to do and to teach its wisdom in a world characterized by mediocrity, superficiality and blatant foolishness. 

    Wisdom literature from the Biblical period and earlier is found throughout the Levant, especially in Egypt. This literary context enables the modern interpreter to better appreciate this unique inheritance from the beginnings of recorded human history and to interpret its wisdom more accurately. Paradoxically, as the church grows older its memory grows sharper In this course the lecturer will be seeking to accomplish the Bible’s own purpose: teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the student may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • BIBL 627
    Vancouver
    Psalms: Spiritual Guides for a Christian Journey
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 03:45PM
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    BIBL 627

    Psalms: Spiritual Guides for a Christian Journey

    An exquisite gift to the people of God, the Psalms serve not only as a collection of worship songs, but also as a spiritual guide to the Christian on his/her journey through life. Traverse the Psalms as an expression of here-but-not-yet hope in the kingdom of God and the Messiah. 

    After an introduction to the Psalter in respect of its literary shape, contents, and history of interpretation, this course proceeds to examine various Psalms in detail, both in their own terms and in terms of their position and function in the Psalter as a whole. A particular focus of the course will be upon the Psalter not only as a collection of worship songs, but also as a spiritual guide to the pilgrim on his/her journey through life and as an expression of eschatological hope in the kingdom of God and the Messiah.

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    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • BIBL 651
    Vancouver
    Interpreting Matthew
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    BIBL 651

    Interpreting Matthew

    (A) (Distance Education Option Available)

    This course will undertake a careful exegetical study of Matthew in an attempt to master the basic content of the Gospel through the application of sound exegetical method, note Matthew’s emphases vis-à-vis the other Synoptics, and  address some of the hermeneutical issues concerning its significance in the modern world. Given the sheer size of the book, some selectivity will be necessary. You will also become familiar with a number of the critical issues relating to the scholarly study of Matthew. Some familiarity with NT Greek will prove advantageous but is not required.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • BIBL 670
    Vancouver
    Spinning Gold from Straw: The Epistle of James
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    BIBL 670

    Spinning Gold from Straw: The Epistle of James

    Through dialogue between text, theology, and application, the epistle of James can shape our vision of God and his call on the life of his people. We will examine, through careful exegesis of the text, James’s teaching on questions of salvation, economics, worship, speech, and community, speaking to the life of every Christian.

    This course seeks to introduce readers to the complex theological world of the Epistle of James, guided by the text’s focus on the practicality of the Christian life. The epistle teaches on questions of salvation, economics, worship, speech, and community, and as such speaks to the life of every Christian. Students will perform careful exegesis of the text, gain an understanding of the theological priorities of the epistle and how those relate to other texts in the canon, and practice thoughtful application on both the personal and interpersonal levels. In the dialogue between text (exegesis), theology, and application, the epistle of James can shape our vision of God and his call on his people’s life.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    It is recommended but not required that students have already completed BIBL 502, BIBL 503 and LANG 500 or LANG 550/551.
  • HIST 530
    Vancouver
    Church and State: Re-Placing Christendom
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    HIST 530

    Church and State: Re-Placing Christendom

    It often feels like Christianity is being pushed further and further to the margins of society. And yet Christian ideas and church structures have actually played a key role in the birth of Western culture. Equip yourself with a deeper historical understanding of the major themes of our age, from individualism to commonwealth to democracy. Then be inspired with a confidence in the gospel as relevant and transformative to every area of life today.

    This course gives students an opportunity to think carefully about the relationship between Christianity and politics, Church and State, personal faith and modern/post-modern civil society. Using an historical frame of reference we will explore the formation of the modern state from c1600 to the present day focusing specifically on the role of Christian ideas and ecclesial structures in developing cultural and political concepts such as individualism, commonwealth, nation state, welfare, democracy and gender. We will explore how western ideas of society, political authority and governance have been deeply shaped by the legacy of Christian history. Far from removing Christianity from the narrative of secularization, this course places Christian ideas at the discursive centre of the modern and post-world. In so doing, it raises probing questions about Christian identity, political philosophy and missional engagement in the public sphere. At heart this course seeks to equip the Church with a deeper historical understanding of the major themes of our own age and to inspire confidence in the gospel as relevant and transformative to every area of life today.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
  • HIST 681
    Vancouver
    Mapping Gender, ca. 1790-1960
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    HIST 681

    Mapping Gender, ca. 1790-1960

    Can studying history inform and reshape our present-day assumptions about identity, gender, sexuality, and theology? In this in-depth historical study of nineteenth-century culture, we invite you to consider how previous generations understood masculinity and femininity, parenthood and gender. 

    As a class we will consider how one culture understood masculinity and femininity as social and relational categories, as ideas, and as cultural constructs. Our aim is to explore how themes such as gender roles, motherhood, fatherhood, singleness, gender stereotyping, and authority were mapped in late-Georgian and Victorian church and society. Through a challenging and in-depth historical study of the period c. 1780–1900, this course seeks to shed fresh light on many of the issues that preoccupy us today. As we encounter a time period qualitatively different from our own, contemporary presuppositions will be re-assessed, challenged, and re-articulated. In this way the course deliberately seeks to foster critical acumen, imagination, and historical perspective.

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

    It is recommended but not required that students have already completed HIST 501 and HIST 502.

    Additional Info


  • INDS 511
    Vancouver
    Christian Perspectives on Law and Justice
    David Skeel
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    INDS 511

    Christian Perspectives on Law and Justice

    Hong Kong’s recent Occupy Central jostles our intuitions about law and justice. From a Christian perspective, what is the role of secular law? Grasp a broader view of our God, the God of justice.

    This course will focus on Christian perspectives on the proper role of the secular law and will ask the question, is justice possible? After briefly considering the classical perspectives offered by Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Calvin and Luther, we will explore some of the key (primarily Protestant) thinkers and movements of the past century, including Abraham Kuyper, William Jennings Bryan, Reinhold Niebuhr, the Civil Rights Movement and the recent Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • INDS 524
    Vancouver
    Effective Organizations
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:00AM - 11:00AM
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    INDS 524

    Effective Organizations

    This course is also offered as APPL.524

    The word “institution” might send shivers through our cultural backbone. But institutions matter. Our impact as Christians in culture grows exponentially when we learn to foster vital and effective institutions.

    Institutions merit the investment of our time and energy. This course will develop a theological vision for institutions as venues for the synergy of talent, effort and vision. Our impact, as Christians, in our social contexts, is exponentially greater when we learn to foster vital and effective institutions. And for this, we need to develop an institutional intelligence: the capacity to understand how institutions work and flourish; and, an appreciation of the essential elements of effective organizations. Anyone who is part of an institution would be wise to consider the health and vitality of the organization as essential to their own vocational development. While the primary focus will be on non-profit organizations, by way of case studies, consideration will also be given to the institutional character of church communities.

    Register

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • INDS 535
    Vancouver
    Food: Communion, Community, and Creation
    Mary Ruth Wilkinson
    3.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
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    INDS 535

    Food: Communion, Community, and Creation

    Eating is one of the most profound ways we are related to each other, to the created world, and to God. Within the framework of Christian theology, consider some of the biological, ecological, psychological, aesthetic, spiritual, agricultural, and economic aspects of what, why, and how we eat. This course takes place on Galiano Island, and is offered in partnership with A Rocha Canada, with contributions from Matthew Humphrey and Shauna and David Anderson. Also contributing is Janet Greenman.

    Additional Contributors

    Matthew HumphreyMatthew Humphrey
    A Rocha
    Janet GreenmanJanet Greenman
    Shauna and David AndersonShauna & David Anderson
    A Rocha

    Maximum enrollment: 20 credit students, no auditors.
    Additional course fee: $650
    Location: This course takes place off-site on Galiano Island.

    Additional Info

    Note: This course has a special registration process. The deadline for dropping the course with a 100% refund is 4:30 pm on April 24. Payment deadline for all course tuition and fees is also April 24. There are no refunds after April 24, but this course may be dropped without refund until May 8.

    Credit Hours:
    3
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • INDS 562
    Vancouver
    C.S. Lewis in a Week
    Sharon Jebb Smith
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    INDS 562

    C.S. Lewis in a Week

    Beyond Narnia, Shadowlands, and a friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien lies a flesh-and-blood man. Pop culture merely scratches the surface of the amazingly rich catalogue of Lewis’s profound theological and spiritual insights.

    The much-quoted Christan thinker and Oxford don has acted as guide and inspiration to many in the last seventy years and his influence could be argued to have significantly contributed to the ongoing development of a culturally engaged evangelical Christianity, including Regent College. This course will give a short but rich opportunity to explore the personality and breadth of work that have made Lewis such a compelling and influential figure. Lewis contributed insights to literature, theology, and Christian spirituality amongst other fields and the full range of his work will be considered here, including his literary and academic work, which, although perhaps the least thoroughly explored, yield profoundly deep theological and spiritual insights. The content of this course will be of interest to any who want to become better acquainted with Lewis, stimulating those who have long enjoyed him, as well as those who have not yet made it past the Narnia tales.

    Register

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • INDS 571
    Vancouver
    Dickens and the Divine
    Valentine Cunningham
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    INDS 571

    Dickens and the Divine

    Disney may have popularized Charles Dickens’s characters through A Christmas Carol, but the mass appeal of his work—and its Christian application—has been timeless. Immerse yourself in the fiction of Dickens the social critic, reformer, satirist, moralist, realist, and identifier of all kinds of evil and crime (inventor of the detective story for England!) in Oliver Twist, Hard Times, Great Expectations, and Bleak House.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • INDS 572
    Vancouver
    T.S. Eliot: Poet, Critic, and Christian
    Valentine Cunningham
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    INDS 572

    T.S. Eliot: Poet, Critic, and Christian

    The quintessential skeptic turned saint, T.S. Eliot is arguably the most important Christian poet of the twentieth century. Delve into his main poems and essays and immerse yourself in the writings of the famous poet-critic who penned, “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” Eliot's main poems The Love song of J Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets will be read in conjunction with essays found in Selected Essays of TS Eliot, ed Frank Kermode, and Eliot’s Notes Towards the Definition of Culture.

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    More Info:
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • INDS 587
    Vancouver
    The Spirituality of Reading
    Sharon Jebb Smith
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    INDS 587

    The Spirituality of Reading

    This course is also offered as SPIR 587

    Many of us spend a significant proportion of our lives reading, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, in print or on-screen. A skill which has often been taken for granted, reading has recently become a subject for more conscious deliberation. This course is intended to question assumptions and to provoke thoughtful consideration of the role of reading in all its forms, including fiction and non-fiction (for example, the Bible, blogs, websites, academic books and articles).

    Is there a distinctively Christian approach to reading and interpreting texts? What about selectivity? Is all reading equal? Is it a passive activity? Novels, children’s fiction, magazines, newspapers, libraries, academic texts, blogs, book groups; what impact do these have on our lives? Is the reading of fiction or poetry solely about pleasure and leisure? Can reading bring wisdom as well as knowledge? Would we benefit from trying to recapture some sense of the value of books for early readers? How would we do this in a time of information overload? Is our speed of reading directly connected to our ability to absorb information? Is print an out-dated technology? What do we know about the effect of reading electronic texts on our neuropsychology? Should reading always lead to action? What kind(s) of reading is/are transformative? Is there a specifically Christian approach to reading and to hermeneutics? These are some of the questions which will be grappled with, through group and class discussions as well as lectures.

    The course will have a particular emphasis upon literature and spirituality, but will also cover relevant aspects of history, philosophy, neuropsychology, and theology. Reference will be made to a wide range of thinkers and writers, including Augustine, Proust, Daniel Coleman, C.S. Lewis, Alan Jacobs, Chaim Potok, David Lyle Jeffrey, George MacDonald, Hugh of St Victor, Alberto Manguel, Robertson Davies and John Miedema. Register

    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • SPIR 557
    Vancouver
    Worship as a Way of Life
    Julie Canlis
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    SPIR 557

    Worship as a Way of Life

    This course is also offered as THEO.557

    Worship isn’t just something that happens (or that we “do”) on a Sunday. It encompasses our entire week—and the whole of our lives. Compare how Christian traditions “worship” throughout the year and reflect on the church’s consecration of time and space. Survey the church calendar, liturgy, and tradition. 

     In this course, we will expand our concept of worship from something that happens (or that ‘we do’) on a Sunday to that which encompasses our entire week – and the whole of our lives. We will examine Christ’s role as priest of our worship; our role as ‘priests’ of creation; and the Trinitarian interplay between the two. We will spend time on structured elements of Christianity like the church calendar, liturgy and tradition; we will compare differing Christian traditions’ understanding of worship throughout the year; we will see how the church sought to consecrate time and space, even as it tried to move worship out into the everyday avenues of our lives as mothers, farmers, artists, commuters, ministers and more.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
  • SPIR 587
    Vancouver
    The Spirituality of Reading
    Sharon Jebb Smith
    1.00 - 2.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 04:15PM
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    SPIR 587

    The Spirituality of Reading

    This course is also offered as INDS 587

    Many of us spend a significant proportion of our lives reading, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, in print or on-screen. A skill which has often been taken for granted, reading has recently become a subject for more conscious deliberation. This course is intended to question assumptions and to provoke thoughtful consideration of the role of reading in all its forms, including fiction and non-fiction (for example, the Bible, blogs, websites, academic books and articles).

    Is there a distinctively Christian approach to reading and interpreting texts? What about selectivity? Is all reading equal? Is it a passive activity? Novels, children’s fiction, magazines, newspapers, libraries, academic texts, blogs, book groups; what impact do these have on our lives? Is the reading of fiction or poetry solely about pleasure and leisure? Can reading bring wisdom as well as knowledge? Would we benefit from trying to recapture some sense of the value of books for early readers? How would we do this in a time of information overload? Is our speed of reading directly connected to our ability to absorb information? Is print an out-dated technology? What do we know about the effect of reading electronic texts on our neuropsychology? Should reading always lead to action? What kind(s) of reading is/are transformative? Is there a specifically Christian approach to reading and to hermeneutics? These are some of the questions which will be grappled with, through group and class discussions as well as lectures.

    The course will have a particular emphasis upon literature and spirituality, but will also cover relevant aspects of history, philosophy, neuropsychology, and theology. Reference will be made to a wide range of thinkers and writers, including Augustine, Proust, Daniel Coleman, C.S. Lewis, Alan Jacobs, Chaim Potok, David Lyle Jeffrey, George MacDonald, Hugh of St Victor, Alberto Manguel, Robertson Davies and John Miedema.


    Credit Hours:
    1 - 2
    Audit Hours:
    1
  • SPIR 653
    Vancouver
    Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 03:45PM
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    SPIR 653

    Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

    This course is also offered as THEO 653

    In "Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers," we will be taking a close look at how ancient Christian leaders from roughly the 2nd through the 8th centuries read and interpreted the Bible. The fathers hear music in Scripture to which we tend to be tone-deaf. Despite their occasional eccentricities, theirs is a hearing refined through long listening to the music of Scripture in song, worship, teaching, meditation,and oral reading. At times they challenge and correct modern assumptions. At times we moderns need to challenge them. In a nutshell, how did the church fathers interpret the Bible? This question is at the heart of this course and one we will explore together for two weeks.

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


  • THEO 500
    Vancouver
    Theological Overview
    Jim Packer
    3.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    THEO 500

    Theological Overview

    (A) (Distance Education Option Available)

    Survey the whole range of Christian doctrine as set in Scripture, grappled with and fought over in history, and debated in our day. Begin to decide how theological assertions and “moves” in discussion express a truly biblical faith. A natural follow-up to biblical studies, systematic theology represents a re-thinking of biblical material as wisdom for today.

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    Credit Hours:
    3
    Audit Hours:
    3
    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • THEO 549
    Kenya
    Into Africa: Exploring Theology and Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya
    3.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
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    THEO 549

    Into Africa: Exploring Theology and Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya

    This course is also offered as APPL 549

    With the dramatic shift in the centre of world Christianity from the West to the Majority World, Africa is now a vital centre of global Christianity. This course will explore aspects of African Christianity, both intellectually and experientially, through intensive exposure to theology and ministry in Nairobi, Kenya.

    This course is offered off-campus at the Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Contact Diane Stinton (goglobal@regent-college.edu) regarding registration details, additional course fees, flights, accommodations, and other matters.

    Maximum enrollment: 10 students. No auditors. This course has a special registration process, and special payment and refund deadlines.

    Credit Hours:
    3

    Additional Info

    Additional course fee: $1200



  • THEO 557
    Vancouver
    Worship as a Way of Life
    Julie Canlis
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    08:30AM - 11:00AM
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    THEO 557

    Worship as a Way of Life

    This course is also offered as SPIR 557

    Worship isn’t just something that happens (or that we “do”) on a Sunday. It encompasses our entire week—and the whole of our lives. Compare how Christian traditions “worship” throughout the year and reflect on the church’s consecration of time and space. Survey the church calendar, liturgy, and tradition. 

     In this course, we will expand our concept of worship from something that happens (or that ‘we do’) on a Sunday to that which encompasses our entire week – and the whole of our lives. We will examine Christ’s role as priest of our worship; our role as ‘priests’ of creation; and the Trinitarian interplay between the two. We will spend time on structured elements of Christianity like the church calendar, liturgy and tradition; we will compare differing Christian traditions’ understanding of worship throughout the year; we will see how the church sought to consecrate time and space, even as it tried to move worship out into the everyday avenues of our lives as mothers, farmers, artists, commuters, ministers and more.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
  • THEO 653
    Vancouver
    Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers
    2.00 - 3.00
    2015 Spring Session
    May 11 - Jun 26
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
    01:15PM - 03:45PM
    «
    THEO 653

    Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

    This course is also offered as SPIR 653

    In "Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers," we will be taking a close look at how ancient Christian leaders from roughly the 2nd through the 8th centuries read and interpreted the Bible. The fathers hear music in Scripture to which we tend to be tone-deaf. Despite their occasional eccentricities, theirs is a hearing refined through long listening to the music of Scripture in song, worship, teaching, meditation,and oral reading. At times they challenge and correct modern assumptions. At times we moderns need to challenge them. In a nutshell, how did the church fathers interpret the Bible? This question is at the heart of this course and one we will explore together for two weeks.

    Credit Hours:
    2 - 3
    Audit Hours:
    2
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