Courses

These are some of the courses that I have taught through the years, for which I get frequent requests for information.  Information regarding my department at Grove City can be found here.  This is my own material, and it should not be assumed that enjoys the endorsement of my ordaining body (the Presbyterian Church in America) or my employer (Grove City College).  Files/resources that I use for various courses and various purposes are found at the bottom of the list, under "Various Files."

Ten Commandments of Paper.doc

REL 488 Senior Seminar

This material covers two related topics:  Paul and the Law, and the New Perspective(s) on Paul.  One is an old issue in Pauline studies; the other is a new one, but they intersect in some important ways.  Some files are in MS Word.  The PDF files will display Greek and Hebrew correctly.

REL 450 Christ and the Media



The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the issues associated with media:  how exposure to differing media, irrespective of content, influences individuals or societies.  Further, the course is self-consciously theistic; attempting to understand individual and social behavior, and the influences thereon, within a theistic framework.  We survey significant figures in the field of Media Ecology, from Socrates (who objected to writing) through Jacques Ellul, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, Neil Postman, and others.  The link list below Postman's image contains some web-accessible items:  Geraldine E. Forsberg's "Media Ecology and Theology," the home page of the Media Ecology Association (with video of Camille Paglia, Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, et al.).  The Amoskeag Presbyterian link can take you to a conference I did there entitled "Reformed Worship in the Electronic Age."





GREK 201 Intermediate Greek

The objectives of this course are:

1. To acquire a sufficent understanding of the syntactical options and vocabulary to enable the student to read the Greek text without burdensome reference to other sources;

2. To understand the nature and difficulty of translation of the Greek New Testament (after all, Peter himself said of Paul's letters: ἐν αἷς ἐστιν δυσνόητά τινα);

3. To make intelligent (if fallible) choices about translation and interpretation options.

Various files

This is a list of various files that are pertinent both to my courses and to learning in general, including "Major Forms of BS," "Specious Arguments," and "Ten Commandments of Paper-Writing."  These, I trust, are of far more general use than they may first appear.

HUMA 201

This contains some materials pertinent to my HUMA 201 course, "Civilization and the Speculative Mind.

Interpreting the Psalms

This course introduces the interpretive issues related to the Psalms.  It does not consist of an explanation of each of the 150 Psalms, but consists of an introduction to the interpretive issues associated with the Psalms, in the three major categories of literary questions, historical questions, and theological questions.