Houston Baptist University Catalog

Christianity (CHRI) Course Descriptions


CHRI 1313 Old Testament
Prerequisite for all Christianity courses except 1323 and 1333.
A course designed to introduce the student to the Old Testament and to provide an understanding of the history, institutions, and theological insights of the Hebrew people. Required for graduation.

CHRI 1323 New Testament
Prerequisite for all Christianity courses except 1313 and 1333.
A course designed to introduce the student to the New Testament and to an appreciative understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus, the early Christian movement, and the doctrinal concepts and ethical ideals of Christianity. Required for graduation.

CHRI 2311 Hermeneutics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A course designed to introduce students to the basic issues, methods, and history of Biblical interpretation. The course will also explore the application of hermeneutical principles to a selected contemporary topic. (Offered also as PHIL 2311.)

CHRI 2373, Christian Theology and Tradition
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313; CHRI 1323
A course designed to introduce the student to Christian beliefs on the Old Testament and the New Testament. Beliefs of scholars who have had a significant impact on Christian thought will also be considered. This course can be used to fulfill the nine hour Christianity requirement on Smith College degree plans. This course is a required course for degree plans using the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.

CHRI 3301 Old Testament Theology
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A course designed to investigate the theology of the Old Testament and to survey selected secondary literature on Old Testament themes.

CHRI 3302 New Testament Theology
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A course designed to investigate the theology of the New Testament and to survey selected secondary literature on New Testament themes.

CHRI 3303, Spiritual Formation
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313 and 1323
A study of the perspectives and practices by which Christians become formed in the image of Christ through participation in faith communities. The course will review historic approaches to spiritual formation and encourage personal and congregational disciplines that strengthen faithful living.

CHRI 3311, Hermeneutics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323
A course designed to introduce students to the basic issues, methods, and history of Biblical interpretation. The course will also explore the application of hermeneutical principles to a selected contemporary topic. (Offered also as PHIL 3311.)

CHRI 3314 History of Christianity
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A course designed to introduce Christianity in its historical development.

CHRI 3325, The Christian Vocation
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323, 2333
This course includes a study of the occupational field of church vocations with emphasis upon the church vocation worker's personal and ministerial identity, ministerial ethics, Baptist denominational history and polity, and the development of basic skills common to ministry. It incorporates the use of professional ministers from a variety of specialization areas who serve as resource personnel and role models for the aspiring church vocation student.

CHRI 3333 Jesus and His Teachings
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
An intensive study of the life and teachings of Jesus.

CHRI 3336 Christian Leadership
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323
This course reviews theories and literature concerning leadership from a Christian perspective. Students will study the theological and ecclesiological objectives of Christian leadership, the spirtual preparation required of leaders and core practices for leading faithfully and effectively.

CHRI 3344 Paul and His Letters
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A study of the apostle Paul and his contribution to the progress of early Christianity based upon the book of Acts and the epistles attributed to Paul.

CHRI 3345 The General Letters
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the non-Pauline letters of the New Testament (James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude), examining their rhetorical style, contextual meaning, and contribution to Christian theology.

CHRI 3346 Psalms
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
This course is designed to study the book of Psalms. The study will address the origin, content, setting, literary forms, overall structure and theology of the book. Attention may also be given to important role the book has played in Christian history, liturgy, and spirituality.

CHRI 3353 Homiletics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A basic course to introduce the student to the principles of preaching and other ministerial speaking. Attention is given to various types of sermons and their preparation and delivery.

CHRI 3363 Evangelism
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A general study of the theology and methods of evangelism, including practical preparation and application for a life-style evangelism.

CHRI 3370 Palestinian Archaeology
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A field-based experience in the archaeology of Palestine through readings, lectures, travel to excavated sites, and participation in the excavation of a selected site.

CHRI 3381 SPECIAL TOPICS/IND STUDY
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Christian Thought.

CHRI 4181 Special Topics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
Guided research involving special projects relating to Christianity and its mission to the world.

CHRI 4281 Special Topics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
Guided research involving special projects relating to Christianity and its mission to the world.

CHRI 4293 Senior Seminar
Prerequisite: Completion of 80 semester hours; 15 of which must be in the major. Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher..
Directed studies in selected areas of the student's special interests, including opportunities for independent research.

CHRI 4335 Systematic Theology
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313; 1323; and (2333 or 2343 or 2353 or 2363).
A course designed to study the historical, biblical, and systematic approaches to Christian theology.

CHRI 4343 Old Testament Prophets
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A study of the prophetic movement in Israel and the writings of the canonical prophets.

CHRI 4344 The Gospel of John
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of the Gospel of John.

CHRI 4345 Christian Ethics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313 and 1323
This course provides a comprehensive study of Christian ethics including biblical and theological foundations, historical developments, and contemporary issues of moral concern. The central role of faith communities in moral development and the importance of church engagement with culture will be emphasized.

CHRI 4346 Hebrews
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of the letter to the Hebrews.

CHRI 4347 Amos, Hosea
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of Amos and Hosea, with a focus on the message to the original hearers and the message to modern readers.

CHRI 4348 Isaiah
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of Isaiah, with a focus on the message to the original hearers and the message to modern readers.

CHRI 4349 Luke-Acts
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of Luke's two volume work: the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

CHRI 4350 The Corinthian Letters
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
This course is designed to introduce students to the New Testament texts of 1 & 2 Corinthians and to guide them towards an appreciative understanding of the material and cultural context of ancient Roman Corinth; the patterns of social life and conflict among early Christians in Corinth; the ethical, social, and theological ideals of Paul; and the place of the Corinthian correspondence in the ongoing life and literature of early Christianity.

CHRI 4351 Apostolic Fathers
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
This course is designed to introduce students to the corpus of early Christian texts commonly called the Apostolic Fathers; to guide them towards an appreciative understanding of the material, cultural, social, and theological context of the Roman world within which these texts were written; and to situate the Apostolic Fathers in the wider life and literature of early Christianity.

CHRI 4352 Jeremiah
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary and rhetorical features, and theological themes of the prophetic writings of Jeremiah.

CHRI 4354 Exodus
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
A study of the historical setting, literary and rhetorical features, and theological themes of the book of Exodus.

CHRI 4355 Trinitarianism
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
This course addresses the importance of the Trinity for Christian theology. Aspects explored will be the revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the development of this doctrine, and the relevance and influence this theology has on the life and worship of the church.

CHRI 4356 Luther, Calvin, and the Reformation
PREREQS: CHRI 1313, 1323
This course explores the theological, historical, and social impact of the Protestant Reformation in the life of the Church. A particular focus will be the writings and influence of key figures such as Martin Luther and John Calvin.

CHRI 4363 Philosophy of Religion
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323, and PHIL 1313.
A critical examination of the nature and validity of religious experience and the place of religion in human life. Consideration is given to religious problems such as the existence and nature of God, the source of religious knowledge, the nature of man, the origin and nature of evil. (Offered also as PHIL 4363.)

CHRI 4381 Special Topics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
Guided research involving special projects relating to Christianity and its mission to the world.

CHRI 4382, Special Topics
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323.
This course is an upper-level Christianity course. It fulfills requirements for one elective course for a major in Christianity or one elective course required for a minor in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Christian Studies.

CHRI 4383 Baptist History
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.
A study of Baptist history and polity with particular emphasis given to Baptist origins, developments, distinctive theological positions, leaders, and current trends. Special attention will be given to Baptist life in America and particularly the Southern Baptist Convention.

CHRI 4391, Romans
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313 and 1323
CHRI 4391 is an upper-level Christianity course. This course fulfills requirements for one elective course required for a minor in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Christian Studies.

CHRI 4392, Revelation
Prerequisites: CHRI 1313 and 1323.
CHRI 4392 is an upper-level Christianity course. This course fulfills requirements for one elective course for a major in Christianity or one elective course required for a minor in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Christian Studies.

CHRI 5181 SPEC TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Christian Thought.

CHRI 5300 Introduction to Biblical Texts and Doctrines
A course designed to engage students in introductory studies in Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine.

CHRI 5310 Christian Scriptures I
Major issues of Old Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

CHRI 5311, Hermeneutics
A course designed to introduce a student to the basic issues, methods, and history of biblical interpretation.

CHRI 5315 Christian Scriptures II
The focus of this course of study is on New Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the Gospels and Acts. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

CHRI 5330 History of Christianity
In this course, the student will study the history of Christianity in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Although the primary focus will be on the development of Western (Latin) Christianity, some consideration will be given to Byzantine (Eastern) Christendom as well as the spread of Christianity throughout the third world. In addition to the basic content of the history of Christianity, attention will be given to the application of a critical historiography in the interpretation of events and movements.

CHRI 5340 Biblical and Systematic Theology
The course will focus on twelve areas of doctrinal study. The student will be assigned doctrines to examine from a biblical perspective and from a comparative study of various theologies on the doctrines assigned.

CHRI 5350 The Theology of the New Testament
The study concentrates on the theological message of the New Testament as communicated by the various New Testament witnesses.

CHRI 5360, Old Testament Theology
The study concentrates on the theological message of the Old Testament as communicated by the various Old Testament documents and literature in the discipline of Old Testament studies.

CHRI 5381 INDEPENDENT STUDY/SPEC TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Christian Thought.

CHRI 6311 Philosophy and the Christian Faith
The study will introduce students to the general topic of the relationship of theology and philosophy as well as major philosophical inquiries in the area of religion. In particular, students will pursue concentrated investigation among major issues in the field of philosophy of religion such as the nature and existence of God, the nature of religious experience, the nature and understanding of religious language, the source of religious knowledge, the nature of evil, the relationship between Christianity and other reflective disciplines, and Christianity¿s response to philosophical challenge and discourse.

CHRI 6312 Church Ministry
Students will study church ministry, pastoral care, and spiritual formation in this course. Church ministry will include areas such as evangelism, church growth, and administration. Pastoral care with practical aspects of the pastoral role in caring for people. Spiritual formation will relate the spiritual life to the tasks of ministry. Students also will conduct interviews with local and state church and denominational leaders for practical aspects of ministry, available resources, and programming helps.

CHRI 6313 Pastoral Care and Spiritual Formation
This course examines the integration of the life of prayer and the caring tasks of ministry. Classic writings in the area of pastoral care will be used with particular reference to the functions of ministry and the role of the devotional life in the performance of various ministerial duties. The course may also focus on the relationship between the cura animarum of classic pastoral care and the therapeutic approaches of contemporary pastoral counseling.

CHRI 6314 Missions and Evangelism
This course of study will include the history of missions and the history of great awakenings. Also included would be studies in the church growth movement. Practical applications of evangelistic missions or church growth activities will be part of the requirements for this course.

CHRI 6315 Christian Scriptures III
This course continues the study of Old Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the major and minor prophets. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

CHRI 6320 Christian Scriptures IV
This course continues the study of New Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are Paul¿s letters, general letters, and Revelation. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

CHRI 6330 Christian Readings
Involves selected primary and secondary readings within specific areas as designated by the professor and according to the student's educational needs in their fields of study. Limited to one enrollment.

CHRI 6333, Historical and Moral Theology
The subject of this course is the historical development of Christian theology and ethics from the second century to the present. Directed study will focus on the theological and moral ideas in the writings of significant figures of ancient, medieval, and modern Christianity. The student will be required to study each writer as a person of his or her own age by means of a critical analysis of the influences, context, and content of his or her own writings. Additionally, consideration will be given to the matter of how the theology and ethics of the Christian past offer insight into contemporary issues and problems.

CHRI 6340 Christian Readings
Involves selected primary and secondary readings within specific areas as designated by the professor and according to the student's educational needs in their fields of study. Limited to one enrollment.

CHRI 6350 Christian Readings
Involves selected primary and secondary readings within specific areas as designated by the professor and according to the student's educational needs in their fields of study. Limited to one enrollment.

CHRI 6392 Thesis
The thesis component is in lieu of the last six hours in the MATS program. The thesis proposed by the student must be selected under the guidance and approval of the department, and the rendering of the thesis must be in a minimum of 75 pages.

CHRI 6393 Thesis
The thesis component is in lieu of the last six hours in the MATS program. The thesis proposed by the student must be selected under the guidance and approval of the department, and the rendering of the thesis must be in a minimum of 75 pages.