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SREL 101: Introduction to Islam
The origins and development of Islam within its cultural context; life of Prophet Muahammad (SAW) the origins of the Qur’an and the Hadith and the differences between them. Introduction to non-Muslim views about the Qur’an. The preservation of the Qur’an and the Hadith, their relationship to earlier Scriptures, and their relevance in contemporary times, especially in Ghana. A look at some of the broad themes and characteristics of Islam.

SREL 102: Introduction to Christianity
The origins and development of Christianity; its early spread; differences among the various forms of Christianity: Orthodox, Roman Catholic; Protestantism; Pentecostalism; Key doctrines and Traditions; Christianity in Africa; Christianity in Ghana. Ecumenical bodies – the World Council of Churches, the All African Conference of Churches, the Christian Council of Ghana, the Ghana Bishops’ Conference and the Ghana Pentecostal Council, among others.

SREL 201: Introduction to the Study of Religions
Methods of studying Religions, especially the scientific/phenomenological approach. Theories of Religion, e.g., Definitions and Origins of Religion, Dimensions and characteristics of Religion, e.g., Religious experience and its expressions. Social dimensions of Religion with special emphasis on the African/Ghanaian situations. The study shall reflect the pluralistic nature of Religion.

SREL 203: Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
The nature of religious and philosophical thinking. The nature, concerns and methodology of Philosophy of Religion. Aspects of religious faith and practice that provoke philosophical questions, e.g., arguments for and against the existence of God; life after death; miracles; prayer and providence; the problem of evil; meaning and problem of religious language; analogy. Verification. Reason, Faith and Revelation. Humanism. Religious pluralism and truth.

SREL 204: Introduction to Ethical Theories and Religious Ethical Systems

Definition of various terms; e.g., Ethics and Morality; Moral/Non-moral; Moral/Amoral; Moral/ Immoral. Examination of a variety of ethical theories; e.g., Utilitarianism; Stoicism; Kantianism; Situation Ethics. Main features of Christian Ethics, African Traditional Ethics, and Islamic Ethics. Examination of some specific ethical and moral teachings related to such things as sexuality, wealth and stewardship.

SREL 206: Introduction to Theological Studies
Definitions, meaning and nature of theology from Christianity, Islam and African Indigenous Religions (AIR) perspectives; Methodological issues – basic theological orientation; exegesis and interpretation, academic and popular approaches; importance of context in theologizing; some key theological elements in AIR, Christianity and Islam. Some contemporary theological issues in relation to culture, religion, ecology, health and development.

LEVEL 300

SREL 303: Qur'anic Studies
Pre-Islamic Arabia, a century before Islam. Life of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca and Medina. Revelation, preservation, compilation and standardisation - The Makkan and Madinan Suwar. Exegesis - textual study of selected Suwar of the Qur’an, including Suwar 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

SREL 305: African Indigenous Religions
Critical study of existing sources. Methods and approaches to studying African Indigenous Religions. Reflections on some themes on the structure and characteristics of African Indigenous Religions with emphasis on their relevance for society. Rituals. Reflections on some basic issues in relation to beliefs in African Indigenous Religions, e.g., Life, the hereafter, humanity in relation to nature/ ecology. Concepts of community, ethics and destiny. Cult personnel. Current trends.

SREL 319: Old Testament Introduction

The History of the formation of the Old Testament Canon.
Basic literary features/problems associated with the three divisions of the TANAK (Torah, Neviim, Kethuviim). Questions of Jewish, Christian (Catholic and Protestant) positions about the Old Testament Canon and how they affect the interpretation of the OT Scripture (e.g. the Septuagint, Apocrypha, Deutero-canon etc).

SREL 362: New Testament Introduction
The history of the formation of the New Testament canon. Outstanding literary problems found in the Gospels (e.g., Synoptic Problem, Proto-Luke hypothesis). Questions of authorship, date, place and purpose of writing, etc, of the New Testament books.


SREL 378: Oriental Religions
The fundamental teachings of some of the major religious traditions of the East/Orient such as Hindism, Buddhism, Shintoism. Sikhism and Confucianism. Aspects of their modern manifestations especially in Ghana.


SREL 307: Introduction to Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics

Definition of terms (exegesis; Hermeneutics); Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis in historical perspective. Historical-critical exegesis; Structuralist exegesis; Post-modern exegesis - the philosophical presuppositions and cultural conditions, the methods and the advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches. An Integrated Hermeneutical Model of Contextual exegesis.

SREL 308: Old Testament Texts in Hebrew

The reading and translation of selected Old Testament books or selected texts in Hebrew. Theological and exegetical study of the selected books or texts.


SREL 316: New Testament Texts in Greek (Pre-req.: SREL 322)
The reading and translation of selected New Testament books or texts in Greek, with emphasis on exegesis and the analysis of words and phrases.

SREL 317: Background to the New Testament

The political, economic, social and religious situation of Palestine at the time of Christ. The attempts at the hellenization of Palestine under Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Roman involvement in Palestine from 63 B.C. to the Bar Cochba Revolt (A.D. 132-135). Religious groups and institutions in Judaism; feasts and festivals.

SREL 318: New Testament Interpretation (Pre-req.: SREL 307)
A study of the historical background, the context and purpose of selected New Testament books. An exegetical study of the selected book that makes use of modern hermeneutical methods, including linguistic analysis, textual criticism and other historical-critical methods.

SREL 322: New Testament Greek II (Pre-requisite: SREL 361)

Lessons in the grammar, syntax and morphology of New Testament Greek.

SREL 325: The History of the Early Church
The Jewish and Graeco-Roman setting and the beginnings of the Church. Christianity and the Roman Empire. Attacks on Christianity and the work of the Apologists. Outstanding religious movements and personalities. Asceticism and Monasticism. Christianity in North Africa.

SREL 327: The Reformation
The background to the Reformation. The causes of the Reformation. Erasmus and Martin Luther. Martin Luther and the Holy Roman See. The Formation of Lutheran Churches. The Roman Catholic Reformation (The Counter-Reformation). The Reformation and the emergence of Missionary Societies.

SREL 328: Pentecostalism in Ghana

The socio-religious setting of Ghanaian Pentecostalism. The History of Pentecostalism; Spirituality, Theology and Practices of Pentecostalism. Pentecostalism and Ghanaian social life.

SREL 334: Psychology of Religion
Psychological understanding of religious experience. Religion as pathological and as therapeutic. Conversion. Religion and stress. Religion and personal values. The religious individual and society. Religious experience in the Ghanaian context.


SREL 335: Christian Ethics

General introduction to ethics. Distinctive characteristics of Christian Ethics. Development of Old Testament Ethics. Some ethical teachings of Jesus, Paul, the Reformers. The Place of the Holy Spirit in the moral life. Christian decision-making process. Some contemporary social problems considered from Christian ethical and moral perspectives, e.g., genetic engineering, abortion, extra-marital relations, teenage pregnancy, gambling, drug addiction, Church-State relations, work ethic, gospel and culture.

SREL 336: Arabic Texts (Pre-req.: SREL 396)
Translation of selected texts from Qur’an and Hadith. Theological and exegetical study of selected texts.

SREL 337: The Life of Muhammad
Arabia in the age of Jahiliyya. Arabia’s relationship with Persian, Byzantine and Abyssinian empires. Early life of Muhammad. Call to prophethood. Muhammad at Mecca. Muhammad at Medina. Death of Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad in the writings of the Orientalists.

SREL 338: The Orthodox Caliphate (Pre-req.: SREL 337)
Concept and origins of the Caliphate as a religious and political institution. Introduction to the four Caliphs. Expansion of Islam. Administration of Territories. The Caliphs and their non-Muslim subjects. Civil wars. Rise of early sects.

SREL 341: Islamic Ethics
General introduction to ethics. Characteristics of Muslim Ethics and morality. Selected moral philosophers, e.g., Imam Ghazzali. Inner and external actions. Moral education and enforcement of morals. Ethical and moral teachings, contemporary issues e.g., human rights, abortion, HIV/AIDS, usury, teenage pregnancy.

SREL 344: Hadith Studies
Definition, origin and structure of Hadith with reference to Sunnah, Isnad and Matn. Transmission, Preservation, Collection and Classification of Hadith. Six authentic collections of Hadith. Muwatta, Musanad of Ahmad b. Hanbal and al-Nawawi collections. A study of selected Ahadith from al-Nawawi including Nos. 1, 2, and 3. The religious, cultural and social significance of Hadith.

SREL 346: Islam in Ghana

The origins and development of Islam in Ghana. The origins, nature and characteristics of Islam in the Volta Basin. Islam in the North, Asante and on the coast of Ghana. Islam and national politics; Islamic literacy tradition; Islamic organizations; Islamic leadership; inter-religious relations; Zongo and national development; etc.


SREL 347: Religion in Ghana

Living expression of Religion in Ghana: Attitudes of individual religions in Ghana with regard to the State and Politics, Education, Trade, Agriculture and Social Work, Health and Healing, and the Media. Current religious trends and Inter-Religious dialogue.

SREL 348: African Myths and Symbols
Theories of Myths; the universality of mythical motifs and symbols, and the functional value of myths and symbols. Detailed study of selected myths from various religious traditions especially African/ Ghanaian ones. Cross-cultural comparison of Myths and Symbols.

SREL 352: Religion and Leadership

Examination of various forms of traditional leadership forms (e.g., Chieftaincy, Priesthhood, Asafo Leadership, Female chiefs and leaders, New forms of traditional Leadership such as the “chiefs of Development”, etc). The impact of social change and modernity on these forms of leadership. The impact of Islam and Christianity on traditional forms of leadership. The impact of the religious aspects of traditional leadership on modern types of leadership in Ghana. The responses of traditional leadership forms to the challenges of modernity and non-indigenous religions like Islam and Christianity; adaptations and the future of traditional leadership.



SREL 353: Gender Issues in Religion and Culture
Definition of religion, gender and culture and how these are related. Theoretical and methodological issues; critique and deconstruction of religious traditions, beliefs and practices with regard to gender; reconstructing images of gender and power relationship. New and renewing models of gender relationship in the work of such groups and bodies as Circle of Concerned African Theologians, Institute of Women in Religion and Culture, FOMWAG, etc. leadership structures in major religions in Ghana. Violence and religion.

SREL 355: African Traditional Ethics
Diversity and uniformity of Values in Traditional African Societies. The moral standard. Survey of moral ideals and practices in African societies. Virtues and Vices. Critical study of methods of moral education and enforcement of morality. The place of community, tradition and religion in morals. Study of the works of selected writers on African ethics. Modernism and traditional values and practices. Reform. Discussion of some contemporary social problems from the traditional perspective.

SREL 356 Contemporary Ethical and Moral Issues

The theological, ethical and moral dimensions of some contemporary social issues and problems. Issues will be taken from the fields of medicine, politics, family life, culture, business, etc.

SREL 357 Introduction to the Pentateuch
Historical background of Ancient Israel and the Text of the Old Testament; The formation of the Pentateuch: principal theories and their values; relationship between narrative and legal Texts; the Sinaitic covenant and its importance in the history of Israel; exegetical study of selected texts.

SREL 359: Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels

The issue of the authorship of the Synoptic Gospels, their dating, place of writing, background, addressees and purpose. The Synoptic Problem. The contents, concerns and main theological themes of these gospels.


SREL 361: New Testament Greek I

Introduction to the grammar, syntax and morphology of New Testament Greek.

SREL 364: Introduction to Pauline Literature
The issue of Pauline authorship of the writings attributed to St. Paul, their dating, place of writing, background, addressees, purpose and how these writings fit into the life of Paul. The contents, concerns and main theological themes of these writings.

SREL 365: Religion and the Renaissance
The rise of the Renaissance. Renaissance and Reformation. The rise of rationalism and Religion. The influence of Liberal Protestantism. The Renaissance and the 19th Century Missions in Ghana. The Renaissance and Religions in Ghana: effects and impact. The future of Religion in Ghana.

SREL 366: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in Christian History

The Apostolic Age. The Spirit in the first two centuries. The Spirit to the Council of Chalcedon. The Middle Ages and the Rise of Dissent. The Spirit in the Reformation. The Spirit in the Age of Reason. The Spirit in the Methodist and Evangelical Revival. The Spirit in the Catholic/ Anglo Catholic Revival. The Spirit in the 21st Century.

SREL 367: Christianity in the Middle Ages

The Growth of Christianity 700 to 1300. Christianity and Islam. The Papacy. The Religious Orders. Dissent and Pentecostalism in the Middle Ages. Magic and Witchcraft: European and Ghanaian. Religion and the Decline of Magic. The Rise and fall of scholasticism. Late Medieval Missions and Ghana.

SREL 368: Magic and Witchcraft
Definition of terms. Witchcraft and magic in the Bible. Witch hunting; witch meetings. Cannibalism and the Black Mass. Witches and devils. Confessions. Interpretations of European Witchcraft and magic. Modern African witchcraft and magic. Activities of African witches; confessions of African witches; African witch hunting; witch doctors; The social setting of witchcraft and magic. The future of witchcraft and magic.

SREL 371: History of Religions in West Africa
Introduction to the history of the major religious traditions in West Africa, i.e., Traditional Religion, Islam and Christianity. Their modes of growth, and main institutions; their encounter with each other; modern religious trends in the West African region.

SREL 372: Methodological Issues in African Indigenous Religions
Issues of research methodology in African Indigenous Religions. Critical examination of some theoretical and methodological approaches e.g. phenomenological, comparative, sociological, anthropological, linguistic, meta-narrative etc. Engagement with current issues: Insider/Outsider debate, self-reflexivity and research sensitivity.

SREL 373: Historical Studies of Africa Indigenous Religions
Historical development of African Indigenous Religions (A.I.R.) as an academic subject, definitions and problems. Attitudes and stereotypes that affect the research and study of AIR. Historical encounter between African Indigenous Religions and Islam, Christianity etc. Current developments in the study area.

SREL375: Arabic I (Unavailable to students of Arabic)
Elementary Grammar. Selected short passages from both the Qur’an and the Hadith.

SREL 396: Arabic II (pre-req.: SREL 375; Unavailable to students of Arabic)
Lessons in Grammar. Selected long passages from both the Qur’an and the Hadith. Local and foreign drama and novels on religious topics.

SREL 398: New Religious Movements
Theories of origins, and typologies. Attraction. International and local influence in Ghana. Detailed study of selected International Movements, e.g., Nichiren Shoshu, ISKCON, Eckankar, etc., and local/ indigenous Movements, e.g., Afrikania Mission, Independent Churches, Charismatic Ministries and Charismatic Movements within Mainline Churches.


LEVEL 400

SREL 401: The Comparative Study of Religions
Treatment of themes in Religions comparatively in order to uncover universal conceptual patterns of religiosity and how these are expressed contextually in different Faiths. Treatment of such themes as conceptions and categories of Ultimate reality; the concept of Man; Soteriology and Rituals.

SREL 402: West African Church History
Assessment of materials on the History of the Church in West Africa. Events which led to the establishment of Christianity in West Africa - Two stages of mission (1) Catholic, Portuguese - 15th century. (2) Protestant and Catholic - from 18th century. Mission Theories and Mission Methods. Mission and West African Cultures. Impact and consequences. Formation of African Churches. Types of Mission, Ministry, Evangelism today.

SREL 404: Shariah
Sources and development of Islamic Law. Nature and scope of Islamic Law. Islamic Legal Categories and Conceptions. Development of the four main schools of law. Law of personal status. Law of contract. Family law. Marriage, divorce, inheritance: wills and bequests: succession and inheritance. Penal law. Commercial law. Politics and the State. Modern legal reforms. The practical aspects of the Shariah, including its implementation in some African states and the attendant problems.


SREL 426: The Theology and Ethics of the New Testament
Major New Testament theological and ethical issues as presented by Paul, the Synoptics and the Johannine literature. Paul’s understanding of Sin and its remedy, the Holy Spirit and his gifts, the church, and the resurrection of the dead. The work of Jesus and how he carried it out (e.g., by way of parables and miracles) and some of the major concepts in the writings of John. Some ethical matters based on the New Testament such as property and wealth, marriage and divorce, politics and revolution.

SREL 429: The Faith and Practice of Islam
Introduction to the main belief systems, creeds, doctrines and dogmas of Islam. An assessment of their influence on the daily life of the Muslim. The main Islamic Rituals and Modes of worship. The five pillars of Islam; the doctrinal teachings behind them and their relevance to the conduct of the Muslim.

SREL 453: Theology and Ethics of the Old Testament
Knowledge of God, Covenant, Theology of kingship, Messianic expectation, Problem of suffering, The Destiny of Man, Old Testament perspective on death. Basic characteristics of Old Testament Ethics, the concept of truth, possession and use of wealth, real estate. The Decalogue, work and worship, concept of law and administration of justice.

SREL 400: Long Essay
An approved project work to be taken up under supervision. To be completed before the end of the academic year.

SREL 408: Christianity and African Culture
The historical encounter between Christianity and African Traditional Religions. Problems of the encounter, e.g., Chieftancy, Libation, Polygamy, Healing, Ancestral beliefs, Rites of Passage, Taboos, etc. The counter influences of the two faiths on each other especially in the lives of adherents; intellectual and practical attempts at the indigenisation of Christianity.

SREL 411: Islamic Spirituality
The origin and development of Sufism. Asceticism, mysticism and pantheism. Al-Ghazzali and Sufism. The Fraternities. The origin and development of Islamic Philosophy. Orthodoxy, Rationalism. Al-Ashari, Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina and Al-Ghazzali.

SREL 412: Islamic Theology
Meaning, origin and development of Islamic theology. Early Muslim Sects, scholastic theology. Maturing of Sunni Theology. A study of some classical theologians e.g. Al-Ashari and Imam Ghazzali. Influences on the growth and development of Muslim Thought. Shi’ite theology and contemporary Muslim theologians.

SREL 413: Islamic History and Civilization
Overview of selected dynasties, e.g. the Umayyads, the Abbasids. Influences on Islamic civilisation. Theological developments, intellectual, scientific and cultural achievements. Classical Islamic institutions, influence of Islam on Medieval Europe. Abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate.

SREL 414: Islam and African Culture
Introduction to the History of Islam in Africa with special reference to Ghana. Comparative study of some African and Islamic concepts, e.g, God, Divinities, Man, Spirits. Adaptation of Islam in the African context.

SREL 415: Religion and Society
Religion and Ethics as socializing influences. Religion and development. Elements of individuality and plurality in religious communities and their relevance for Ghanaian society. Religious faith, property and wealth. Religion and politics in Ghana. Religious communities and the State in Ghana.

SREL 417: Religion and Human Rights
The cultural and historical connections between religion and human rights – paradigms that enable an appreciation of the differences and agreements between religious traditions and the modern human rights movement. Religious and cultural roots of human rights; human dignity as a religious concept; human rights natural rights and ‘divine’ law; the universality of international human rights; African religious values and human rights; religious pluralism and the right to freedom of religion; religion as an instrument of abuse; religion as a resource for the protection and promotion of human rights.

SREL 419: Introduction to Old Testament Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature
General Issues: historical and social contexts of the Prophets; origin and final form of the prophetic books: textual types; texts and prophetic phenomenon in the Ancient Near East. The four great collections (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve Minor Prophets); structure, summary of the content and the redaction history of selected books; reading of some significant passages and theological reflection. Apocalyptic literature; origin and characteristics. The book of Daniel: introduction and reading of important passages.

SREL 421: Introduction to Johannine Literature
The Fourth Gospel; introduction: author, date of composition, relationship with the Synoptics; structure and some characteristic themes; exegetical study of selected passages. The Letters: their relation with the fourth Gospel; their literary structures; exegetical study of selected passages from the First Letter. Revelation: historical background; literary genre and structure; exegetical study of selected passages.

SREL 422: Old Testament Interpretation (Pre-req.: SREL 307)
Theological and exegetical study of selected Old Testament books or sections of them.

SREL 423: Ecological Ethics
Ecology: Definitions. Development of ecological philosophies/ethics. Religion and ecology; Culture and ecology. Approaches to ecological ethics. Theological approaches to ecology. Anthropocentrism/ Ecocentrism. Life ethics and anima: l rights. Eco-tourism. Sustainability of the ecosystem.

SREL 425: African Indigenous Religions and Development
Defining major concepts: African, indigenous, religions, development. Indigenous beliefs and practices, concepts of development. Attitudes towards African Indigenous Religions, knowledge systems and their roles in modern concepts of development. Impact and problems. Emerging trends: leadership systems e.g. priest and priestesses, Nkכsuoכhene, chiefs, queen-mothers and other traditional leaders and local government in relation to community development.

SREL 427: Intra and Inter-faith Relations
The origins of the Ecumenical Movement. International Ecumenical Movements, e.g., World Council of Churches (WCC) and all African Conference of Churches (AACC). The Second Vatican Council. Inter-faith dialogue, Christian –Muslim relations at the international, regional, national and grassroots levels in West Africa, especially Ghana. The Parliament of World Religions, etc.

SREL 431: Advanced Quranic Studies
General introduction to the Quran as a Revelation, Quranic exegesis, Peculiarities in Interpretation of the Quran, Approaches to the study of the Quran, Early schools of classical and medieval exegesis, Survey of Tafsir literature, Studies on the Translation of the Quran, Modern Quranic Translations and Commentaries and Themes in the Quran.

SREL 432: Advanced Hadith Studies
A study of the Arabic and English translation of selected Ahadith of An Nawawi’s Collection of Hadiths. A study of selected Ahadith in Arabic and English from Imam khomeini’s Forty Hadiths. Emphasis on identification, interpretation, application and lessons in the selected Hadiths. Gharib al Hadith.

SREL 433: Hebrew I
Elementary knowledge of Hebrew grammar, simple sentence formation, noun sentence snd verbal sentence, among others.

SREL 434: Hebrew II (Pre-requisite: SREL 433)
Introduction to difficult parts of Hebrew grammar. Syntax. Simple translations.

SREL 435: The Theology of the Gospels
The historical Jesus; the individual gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John and their presentations of Jesus. E.g., Mark’s presentation of Jesus as a miracle worker; the relationship between the old Israel and the Church in Matthew and Jesus as a teacher of ethics; universalism in Luke; the Logos and Paraclete concepts in John, among others.

SREL 436: Women in African Indigenous Religions
Definitions of concepts. Examination of the various concepts and stereotypes of womanhood in Africa. Status, roles, rights and responsibilities of women in African Indigenous Religious. Female leaderships in indigenous set-ups. Emerging roles of women in African Indigenous Religions. Challenges. Selected case studies.

SREL 437: The Doctrine of the Early Church (Pre-req.: SREL 325)
Doctrinal beginnings in the Early Church. Trinitarian heresies (e.g., modalism), Christological heresies (e.g., Arianism) and the Church’s response to these heresies. The development of Trinitarian and Christological doctrines. Christ’s saving work. Sin, grace and human freedom. The Christian community. The Doctrine of the sacraments. The Christian hope.

SREL 438: Missions
Meaning, Biblical and Theological foundations of Mission. The Early Period – from Pentecost to the Middle Ages. The Medieval Period to the 19th Century. The Modern Period (20th Century):
(a) Missionary activities in West Africa, e.g., Policies, Methods, Principles and Strategies of the historic Missionary Societies in evangelizing West Africa.
(b) New trends in mission, ministry and evangelization.
(c) Current problems, e.g., mission and the cultural revolution in Ghana.

SREL 439: Islam in West Africa
North Africa and the spread and dissemination of Islam to the Western and Central Sudan. Islam in the ancient kingdom of the Western Central Sudan. The spread of Islam to the Volta basin. Modes of and factors facilitating the dissemination of Islam. The Fulani Jihads. Islam, Western colonization and decolonization. The Sufi brotherhood. Islamic education and institutions. Current trends in Islam with special attention to Ghana.

SREL 441: The Old Testament and African Life and Thought
Attitude to the Old Testament in the history of the Church. African Christians and the Old Testament. Comparative study: theology of nature, spirit possession, the individual and the community, the concept of alienation, death and beyond.

SREL 442: Philosophy Set Texts
Historical and critical study of selected texts from major philosophers and theologians – pre-Christian, non-religious, anti-religious, Christian and Islamic; and from the classical, medieval, modern and contemporary periods. Philosophers to be studied will include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, John Hick; Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi, Ibn-Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Rushd, Al-Ghazzali, the Mu’tazilah. Topics will include: the nature of God, Analogy, Religious Language, Religious Experience, Reason and Faith, Knowledge, Revelation, Evil, Miracles, The Soul, Meaning of Life and Death, Immortality, Science and Religion.

SREL 443: Comparative Ethics
A study of the teachings of some ethical systems and moral theologians, e.g., African Traditional, Christian, Muslim, Humanist, ethical systems. Analysis and comparison of basic themes and values such as the summum bonum and the ideals of life; the moral standard: scales of values; guides to action: moral education, enforcement of morals; and moral reformation: moral decision-making process; virtues and vices; cherished values and abhorred vices. Religion and Ethics. Problem of a national ethic. Discussion of attitudes to some contemporary social problems, e.g., human rights, abortion, homosexuality, drug trafficking and addiction, war and violence, work and discipline.

SREL 444: Professional Ethics (Pre-req.: Any course in Ethics)
A general survey of some ethical systems, concepts and norms. A study of professional ethics. Analysis of ethical codes of selected professional and business groups. Issues confronting professionals. Decision-making. Case studies.

SREL 445: Modern Trends in Islam
Contemporary global trends in Islam. Important themes such as misconceptions about Islam, Islam and human rights, Islam and terrorism, especially after September 11, 2001, Islam and the West, Islam and the mass media, Islam and global peace and development, Islam and Western democracy, among others.

SREL 447: Special Paper I
Any current topical issues in the study of religions can be packaged and offered as a course under this title.

SREL 448: Special Paper II
Any current topical issues in the study of religions can be packaged and offered as a course under this title.

SREL 452: Religion in the African Diaspora
Definition of the African Diaspora. African traditional religious retentions in the Diaspora and continuities in the Diaspora. Islam, Hebraism and Christianity in the African Diaspora. Religion and politics in the African Diaspora; Diasporic New Religious Movements return ‘home’. Religion in the New African Diaspora.

SREL 454: Introduction to Wisdom Literature
The world of wisdom; wisdom tradition; theology and ethics of wisdom books in the Old Testament (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes).

SREL 456: The Theology of St. Paul
Paul’s background (Pharisaic, Qumranic, Rabbinic background, Hellenism, the revelation to Paul, Paul’s apostolic experience). Pauline soteriology (Christ’s role in salvation history, reconciliation, expiation, justification). The person of Christ; Holy Spirit; Sacraments. Pauline anthropology (the human being before Christ, human being in Christ); Pauline ecclesiology and ethics (the Church, the demands of Christian living); Pauline eschatology (the resurrection of the body).



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