Course Summary Living as a Christian within the environment of unspiritual forces
Drawing upon theological concepts of Scripture, the course aims at presenting the case for the Christian life within a secular environment. The Christian life is described in ideal terms and then set against the background of common society. The course is also a culminating experience for those in the two graduate degrees offered by NU in self-evaluation of spiritual growth. It is organized in three modules: (1) The Foundation for Spiritual Formation, (2) Applied Spirituality, and (3) Spiritual Outlook. 3 graduate semester credits. Prerequisite: MRS 622 and M 11.
• Analyze the foundation for spiritual formation
• Determine influences of one’s environment on a quest for spirituality
• Model ways to meet challenges to spiritual formation
Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on one multiple-choice examination over Module 1, writing assignments for Modules 2 and 3, and a case study. Each element is valued at 25 percent of the final grade. A sample multiple-choice problem is given below:
The Spirit of God (A) enables the Christian to enjoy a relationship with God, (B) always controls the actions of Christians, (C) is subject to the will of the Christian, (D) does not imbibe the Christian. Resources
A Bible in any translation (NIV is recommended)
Three e-books accessed through the Electronic Collection in the Course Menu.
The Google translation tool assists students whose native language is not English. It can be used to show the original English and an approximate translation. The tool is useful for reading the syllabus, resources, and examinations.