W10 Peaceable Kingdom: Transforming Our Relationships With Animals. Though stewardship of the animal kingdom is one of the primary responsibilities accorded to human beings in the Christian creation narrative, the question of how best to respect and to honor the creatures under our care is one that Christians too often neglect to ask. This omission is especially tragic, given the overwhelming evidence of fallen-ness in the social and commercial practices that presently govern our relationships to animals. While large-scale agribusiness has increased consumer convenience, this convenience has come at a high cost, and not just to animals; factory farming has had negative effects on the environment, on local and global commerce and agriculture in both rural and urban communities, and on public health. In view of these considerations, the purpose of this course is two-fold: first, to gain insight into the problem through a survey of the philosophical, ethical, environmental, and socio-economic issues surrounding the treatment of animals and the allocation of natural and human resources by contemporary agribusiness and other industries that exploit non-human animals; and second, to take the initial steps toward becoming agents of renewal by workshopping an array of concrete approaches to addressing these problems (e.g., supporting sustainable food systems, community supported agriculture, cooking and eating lower on the food chain, exploring vegetarianism and veganism, animal rights advocacy, etc.). M. Halteman. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W11 Facing East: Learning from the Eastern Orthodox Tradition. Nearly one thousand years ago, Christendom divided into the Western church, on the one hand, and the Eastern church, on the other. This division has had the unfortunate result that today many Western Christians know relatively little about the beliefs and practices of their Eastern cousins, especially those who belong to the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The aim of Facing East is to help address this situation. Its central question is this: What can Western Christians—Reformed or otherwise—learn from the theology and practices of the Eastern Orthodox tradition? In this class, we'll focus our attention on three facets of the Orthodox tradition in particular: its history, theology, and spiritual practices. With regard to its history, we'll spend some time investigating the importance of the seven ecumenical councils and the great schism between East and West. With regard to its theology, we'll explore the Orthodox understanding of salvation, atonement, and sin. And with regard to Orthodox spirituality, we'll investigate the role of monasticism, iconography, the spiritual disciplines, and the divine liturgy. An excellent way to understand Orthodoxy is to be acquainted with its worship. So, in addition to having guest speakers, we'll take field trips to local churches to investigate their iconography and the shape of Orthodox worship. T. Cuneo. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W12 Moral Expectation in Film. From an early age all people learn that certain types of behavior are morally expected of them. Morality has its expectations, and it is a high priority that people learn what these expectations are. It is also a high priority that a knowledge of these expectations is passed on to each new generation. This course focuses on this rather neglected area of the moral terrain. The phenomenon of moral expectation is studied in its relationship with more familiar concepts like moral duty, moral responsibility, and supererogation. It also is examined in the context of the Christian life. A half dozen motion pictures will be shown illustrating moral expectation. Students are evaluated on a research paper and on several short written assignments. One previous course in philosophy is recommended but not required. G. Mellema. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
208 Philosophy of the Arts and Culture (3). * F. A study of the nature of the arts and their role in human cultures. The course discusses the history of philosophical reflections on these topics as well as some recent theories and debates. It aims to develop a mature understanding of issues and challenges facing participants in contemporary arts and culture. Prerequisite: Philosophy 153. Students taking this course to fulfill the integrative studies requirement of the core must have the following prerequisites in addition to Philosophy 153: Two courses in the Arts or two courses in Literature. D. Hoekema . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W21 The World and Work of C.S. Lewis . K. J. Clark.
IDIS W29 Elementary, My Dear Watson. D. Ratzsch.
IDIS W31 War and Violence: Context, Cause and Cure. D. Hoekema.
IDIS W33 Rock and Roll Can Save Your Soul . K. Corcoran.
IDIS W36 Knitting: Creativity, Community, and Social Support. C. Van Dyke, D. Vander Pol.
IDIS W61 Independent Study L'Abri Fellowship: Switzerland . L. Hardy.