This course covers the foundations of Protestantism. What ideas ignited at the forefront of the 16th century and how did they change the world? The important theologians and their main theses are discussed in detail. We are introduced to Martin Luther and John Calvin, but Melanchton, Zwingli and Bucer are also covered. This basic course has a comprehensive documentation folder, allowing one to read the key texts of the Reformation for themselves. For anyone from near or far with Protestantism, this module is basic material.

In this course the student is introduced to the world of the Old Testament. It is an introductory course, which means that many different subjects will be covered. The following topics will be discussed: 

  • Contents and origins of the Hebrew Bible
  • Theology of the Hebrew Bible
  • History of Ancient Israel
  • Modern Bible reading
  • Some general themes from the Hebrew Bible in more detail

After the course the student will have a general understanding of the origins and contents of the Hebrew Bible and an insight into the current state of biblical science.

This course introduces students to the world of the New Testament. This is an introductory course, which means that many different topics will be covered. These include the following topics: 

  • New Testament content and origins
  • Theology of the New Testament
  • The Gospels and the epistles
  • The historical Jesus
  • The apocrypha

After the course, students will have a general understanding of the origins and content of the New Testament and an understanding of the current state of biblical scholarship.

Students are introduced to the values that Judaism has made its own throughout its long eventful history, in which it sought to remain true to the Bible despite everything.

This module constitutes an introduction to Religious Studies. This subject area has been part of the academic curriculum for only a few decades. People used to speak of 'world religions' or 'religious studies'. Religion Studies encompasses a wide range of perspectives and asks the question of why and how religions are viewed. In this module, students will discover the key concepts and terminology of this field. Also, in 10 lessons, one gets an overview of the main theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Since Religion Studies assumes an interdisciplinary academic approach, sociological, anthropological, political and economic approaches to religion are also covered.      

This course provides an overview of the major world religions. After an introduction on the earliest paleontological forms of religion among our ancestors, the overview provided by that course falls into two major parts. In Part 1, we see the historical origins of the major religious traditions that developed around the world beginning with the agricultural revolution and especially during the Axial Age (beginning in the 9th century BCE). We will study the frames of mind that underlie religious representations, artifacts, and writings. In Part 2 of this course, we will see the current forms of the world's religions. What are the foundations, structures, developments, and contexts of the major world religions? In the process, the student will conduct her own research on a contemporary form of religion and present her findings.  

In this course we will encounter one of the largest Christian denominations worldwide to have come out of the Reformation.

From Luther, and his theology that changed Christianity, to the present-day, we will be looking at writings, liturgy and music, people, etc.

Each section has a ppt and a study text.

In this course we will be looking at art and religion and theology as one of the most fascinating combinations in human activity and expression: the Bible, Christianity’s ‘handbook’ is a compendium for religious artistic themes. In order to explore this relationship however, we will not be studying a chronological overview of religious art from Prehistory to our Contemporary Times.

The ten chapters will focus mostly on the plastic or visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, …) and architecture in relation to Western Christianity as we find it in Europe and North America. Focusing on Western Christianity also means that we can go deeper into underlying ‘regional denominational’ theology. We will however make some side-excursions to explore two of the other Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Islam. 

The relationship between Jews and non-Jews has often been very difficult and problematic. We are going to study this relationship throughout history, especially the relationship between Christianity and Judaism in the past and present.

To understand the relationship between the Church and Judaism, we first look at the relationship between Jews and non-Jews before Christianity. The study material therefore begins with a description of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews as we find it in the First Testament and in the Antique World.

We analyze the relationship between Jews and non-Jews at the time of the Second Testament, the relationship in Jewish writings, and the consequences of the Jewish revolts.

Then, for each period of European history, we look at the relationship between Jews and Christians: during the Early Church, with the Church Fathers, in the Middle Ages, during the Reformation, during the Enlightenment, and in the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention is also paid to Zionism, and to the anti-Semitic legend of the "Sacrament of Miracle".