Religion and Biblical Studies Distance Courses

These Religion courses are offered for credit by Andrews University, Oakwood University, and Washington Adventist University.  Andrews University manages the registration and provides the instruction and support for students. 

Andrews University Credit

HIST 404-901
Adventist Heritage (3 sem hours)

A study of the background and development of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination from its beginnings in the Millerite Movement to its present global impact.
Format: Self-paced Online
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BIBL 204-901
Elementary Greek I
(4 sem hours)
Elements of grammar of the koine Greek of the New Testament, including vocabulary, translation, and reading.
Format: Self-paced Online
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BIBL 205-901
Elementary Greek II
(4 sem hours)
Prerequisite: BIBL 204 or equivalent
Instruction in intermediate grammar and reading of selected portions of the New Testament.
Format: Self-paced Online
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BIBL 304-901
Intermediate Greek I
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: BIBL 205 or equivalent
Intermediate course in Greek to provide a fair working knowledge of the New Testament in the original language.
Format: Self-paced Online
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BIBL 305-901
Intermediate Greek II
(3 sem hours)
Continues to refine the student’s working knowledge of the New Testament in the original language.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 111-901
Intro to Old Testament
(3 sem hours)
An introduction to the writings and theology of the Old Testament within their near eastern cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds.
Format: Self-paced Online

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RELB 112-901
Intro to New Testament
(3 sem hours)
An introduction to the writings and theology of the New Testament within their Jewish and Greco-Roman cultural, geographical, and historical backgrounds.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 210-901
Jesus in His Time and Ours
(3 sem hours)
GU Equivalent: RELB 160 Jesus and the Gospels
Details the mission, the message and the meaning of Jesus Christ for His day and for ours. What is it about the Christian story that captured the attention of so much of world history? Also examines the connection between Christ's first Advent and His second.
Format: Interactive Online, Self-paced Online
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RELB 274-901
Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament
(3 sem hours)
An introduction to the prophets of the Old Testament and their writings. May be taught with specific emphasis on a particular book or theme.
Format: Interactive Online, Self-paced Online
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RELB 304-901
Studies in Daniel
(3 sem hours)
GU Equivalent: RELB 420 Jewish Apocalyptic Writings: Daniel
Study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books with emphasis upon the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 305-901
Studies in Revelation
(3 sem hours)
GU Equivalent: RELB 425 Revelation
Study of the background, content, and construction of these biblical books with emphasis upon the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 335-901
Acts and Epistles
(3 sem hours)
Brief introduction to principles of New Testament interpretation; a study of Acts, the Pauline Epistles, Hebrews, and the General Epistles. Research paper may be required. May be taught with specific emphasis on a particular book or theme.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 374-901
Prophets of Israel-early
(3 sem-hours)
Includes the history of prophecy, the pre-writing prophetic figures, and the books of the writing prophets of the 8th and early 7th century B.C Research paper may be required 
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 375-901 
Prophets of Israel- later 
 (3 sem hours)
Includes the books of the writing prohpets of the 7th century B.C. to the end of the prophetic canon. Research paper may be required. 
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELG 350-901
World Religions
(3 sem hours)
Explores major world views and religious traditions and their fundamental teachings, beliefs, and practices. Considers each major religion’s analysis of basic human problems and the proposed solutions. Students learn to respect and understand diverse beliefs and practices. Taught from a Christian perspective, the course seeks to explore common ground and challenges between Christianity and the major world religions.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELH 316-901
History of the Christian Church I
(Cross-listed as HIST 316) (3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: HIST117 or permission of instructor. Not applicable to the General Education requirements in religion nor a major or minor in religion.
Surveys the internal and external developments and conflicts which Christianity has experienced in time and space from the time of Christ up to the Reformation. Special attention given to those developments that relate to Seventh-day Adventist theological heritage.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELH 317-901
History of the Christian Church II
(Cross-Listed as HIST 317) (3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: HIST118 or permission of instructor. Not applicable to the GE requirements in religion.Surveys the history of the church from the Protestant Reformation to current time. Special attention is given to the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic counter-reformation, Puritanism, Rationalism, Evangelicalism, the rise of modern denominations, the world-wide mission expansion, and ecumenism.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELH 400-901
SDA History and Prophetic Heritage (3 sem hours)
An investigation of the background, rise, and development of the Seventh-day Adventist church in America and the world from its beginning until the present with special attention given to the historical role, ministry and writings of Ellen White.
Format: Interactive online, Self-paced Online

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RELP 290-901
Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
(3 sem hours)
Understanding that pastoring includes counseling, this course introduces both the actual skill of counseling and the acquisition of knowledge and insights based on reading and experience.
Format: Self-paced Online

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RELP 320-901
Personal Evangelism
(3 sem hours)
The dynamics of personal evangelism with primary emphasis on instruction rather than exhortation. A clear biblical perspective on the priesthood of all believers; practical counseling for leading someone to Christ; a strategy for visitation; a Bible study methodology; and techniques in getting decisions.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELP 330-901
Homiletics
(3 sem hours)
Lays the foundation for biblical sermon construction and delivery. This class is the prerequisite for all other homiletics courses and is a requirement for all religion/theology majors.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELP 441-901
Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
(3 sem hours)
A study of good church administration, combining pastoral leadership with church management. Addresses the four-dimensional role of the pastor—person, administrator, church leader and priest.
Format: Self-paced Online

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RELT 100-901
God and Human Life
(3 sem hours)
How God confronts human beings—includes the process of revelation, principles of interpreting Scripture and similarly inspired material, the nature of God and His expectations for humans, and the evaluation of these concepts as presented in Scripture and the classic literature of various religions.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 225-901
Doctrines of the Adventist Faith
(3 sem hours)
Defines and clarifies the Biblical doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, distinguishing them within the background of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Format: Interactive Online, Self-paced Online
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RELT 308-901
Gift of Prophecy
(3 sem hours)
Study of the prophetic manifestation in Bible and church to include the ministry and writings of Ellen G. White.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 340-901
Religion and Ethics in Modern Society
(3 sem hours)
Considers how the Judeo-Christian tradition confronts the moral complexities of a highly technical society. Are there universal absolutes that cross all cultural boundaries, or are all values relative? Designed to help students articulate what molded their value system and what should help to shape it. Students are expected to participate in some organized church/civic/social service activities. Student can earn general education credit in either RELT340 or 390, but not in both.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 425-901
Seminar in Contemporary Theology
(3 sem hours)
A study of ideas of major theologians in modern times. Underlying philosophical presuppositions are analyzed. The relationship between theology and secularism is studied. The course critically examines some primary texts and evaluates their contribution and significance.
Format: Online Independent Study

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Oakwood University Credit

HI 314-911
History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor
A survey course of the rise and progress of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RG 101-911
Introduction to the Bible
(3 sem hours)
An introduction to the content, structure, and history of the Bible. The course provides students with a basic foundation for understanding and applying the message of the Bible. This course does not meet the requirements for majors, minors, and the certificate in the religion and theology program.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RG 102-911
Life and Teachings of Jesus
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: Two years of high school Bible or RG 101
A review of the life of the Master Teacher and a study of the principles and parabolic representations of Christian life and faith as revealed in the Gospels.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RB 311-911
New Testament I
  (3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RG 102, 3 hours of upper division religion, and BL 212
An introductory survey of the Pauline Episitles, utilizing the book Acts as a historical resource. Each letter is anaylized exergetically. Emphasis is given to Paul's major themes, including God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last day events, as well as the revelnce of Paul's message to ministerial practice and contemporary Christian living. 
Format: Self-paced Online
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RB 411-911
Old Testament I 
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RG 102 or RG 202
An introductory survey of the Old Testament books from Genesis to Esther. The messages of each book are explored in light of their historical, geographical, literary, and theological contexts. Special attention is given to issues of interpretation and methodological approaches, laying the groundwork for the Christological interpretation of the Old Testament.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RB 412-911
Old Testament II (3 sem hours)
GU Equivalent: RELB 332 Old Testament Prophets, Later
Prerequisite: RG 102 or RG 202
An introductory survey of the Old Testament books from Job to Malachi. The messages of each book are explored in light of their historical, geographical, literary, and theological contexts. Special attention is given to the interpretation of poetry and wisdom. The Christological interpretation of the Old Testament will be further developed.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RB 417-911
Daniel (3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RG 201 or RG 202
An exegetical exploration of the messages of Daniel and Revelation in light of their historical, literary, and theological contexts. Emphasis is given to the interpretation and application of apocalyptic prophecy from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RB 418-911
Revelation
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RG 201 or RG 202
An exegetical exploration of the messages of Daniel and Revelation in light of their historical, literary, and theological contexts. Emphasis is given to the interpretation and application of apocalyptic prophecy from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RG 301-911
The Gift of Prophecy
(2 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RG 202
A course of study tracing prophetic ministry in the Bible, and especially in the experience of Ellen G. White, while noting also its contributory role in the history and operation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from the nineteenth century to the present.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RL 211-911
Greek I
  (4 sem hours)
This course uses the linguistic similari­ties between English and New Testament Greek grammars toward the mastery of the morphology and the syntax of New Testament Greek. Students develop a usable vocabulary and the ability to translate simple passages. It emphasizes the application of Greek grammar to the understanding of the biblical text. Students develop the ability to translate selected passages with the aid of refer­ence tools. Special emphasis is given to the value of Greek in the practice of ministry. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite for RL 313: RL 212.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RL 212-911
Greek II
(4 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RL 211
This course uses the linguistic similari­ties between English and New Testament Greek grammars toward the mastery of the morphology and the syntax of New Testament Greek. Students develop a usable vocabulary and the ability to translate simple passages. It emphasizes the application of Greek grammar to the understanding of the biblical text. Students develop the ability to translate selected passages with the aid of refer­ence tools. Special emphasis is given to the value of Greek in the practice of ministry. Laboratory work is required.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RL 313-911
Greek III
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RL 212
This course uses the linguistic similari­ties between English and New Testament Greek grammars toward the mastery of the morphology and the syntax of New Testament Greek. Students develop a usable vocabulary and the ability to translate simple passages. It emphasizes the application of Greek grammar to the understanding of the biblical text. Students develop the ability to translate selected passages with the aid of refer­ence tools. Special emphasis is given to the value of Greek in the practice of ministry. Laboratory work is required.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RL 314-911
Greek IV
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RL 313
This course uses the linguistic similari­ties between English and New Testament Greek grammars toward the mastery of the morphology and the syntax of New Testament Greek. Students develop a usable vocabulary and the ability to translate simple passages. It emphasizes the application of Greek grammar to the understanding of the biblical text. Students develop the ability to translate selected passages with the aid of refer­ence tools. Special emphasis is given to the value of Greek in the practice of ministry. Laboratory work is required.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RP 431-911
Christian Ministry I 
(3 sem hours)
An examination of biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian ministry and their relevance to professional issues in ministry. The course is designed to lead students from critical reflection to informed practice. As a continuation of RP 132, this course utilizes a case study approach to develop the role of the minister as grounded in the ministry of Christ. Emphasis is placed on servant-leadership, ministerial ethics, life management, denominational polity, and strategic planning. Field education and personality testing are required.
Format: Self-paced Online

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RT 321-911
Christian Ethics
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: Junior standing
An introductory survey of Christian ethics from biblical to present times. The course includes a systematic evaluation of various approaches to Christian ethics. Consideration is given to the relationship between the Bible and the quality and character of the Christian moral life, with special emphasis on Christ as the center of value and the moral life. Students investigate and critique major ethical systems and engage in values analysis, clarification, and criticism.
Format: Self-paced Online
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Washington University Credit

RELB 105-921
Encountering the Bible: A Survey
(3 sem hours)
A book-by-book survey of both Old and New Testaments designed to provide a foundation for other religion courses for those students who have not had secondary Bible.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 160-921
Jesus and the Gospels
(3 sem hours)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible
A comprehensive study of the life and teachings of Jesus as unfolded in the four gospels with analytical attention to the gospel writers and their writing in an attempt to reveal the impact of His self-revelation on that age and ours.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 307-921
Exile and Return: Introduction to the Old Testament
(3 sem hours)
The narratives, sacred history, and revealed religion of Israel are explored. A review of the Old Testament’s uniqueness in providing an answer to human inquiry into the past and its application to the contemporary world. 
Format: Online independent study

RELB 335A-921
Old Testament Prophets, Early
(3 sem hours)
Suggested background: Minimum of 6 semester hours in college Bible or equivalent
A study of the writings of the early Old Testament prophets arranged in chronological order.
Note: Students who take RELB 310 should not take RELB 330 or RELB 332 because they will not receive credit for RELB 330 and RELB 332.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 336-921
Old Testament Prophets, Later
(3 sem hours)
Suggested background: Minimum of 6 semester hours in college Bible or equivalent.
A study of the writings of the later Old Testament prophets arranged in chronological order.
Note: Students who take RELB 310 should not take RELB 330 or RELB 332 because they will not receive credit for RELB 330 and RELB 332.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 345-921
Worship and Witness: Introduction to the New Testament
(3 sem hours)
A study of the nature, history, and background of the New Testament with special emphasis on its teachings and theology in its application to issues and questions of contemporary people.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 420-921
Jewish Apocalyptic Writings: Daniel
(3 sem hours)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 101, or equivalent
A critical and exegetical study of the book of Daniel.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 425-921
Christian Apocalyptic Writings: Revelation
(3 sem hours)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 101, or equivalent
A study of the last book of the Bible and the most important prophecies in the New Testament. Particular study is given to those prophecies that focus on the return of Christ.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELB 491-921
Seminar in Contemporary Theology
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RELB 410. Restricted to theology and religion majors
An analytical study of subjects and topics current in theological circles today. 
Format: Online independent study
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RELL 201-921
Elementary Greek I (4 sem hours)
An introduction to the elements of grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek including vocabulary study and exercises in translation.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELL 202-921
Elementary Greek II
(4 sem hours)
An introduction to the elements of grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek including vocabulary study and exercises in translation.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELL 251-921; 252-921
Intermediate Greek
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RELL 202
A study of the syntax of New Testament Greek, with practice in reading and translating selected New Testament books.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELL 252-921
Intermediate Greek II (3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: RELL 251
A study of the syntax of New Testament Greek, with practice in reading and translating selected New Testament books.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELP 220-921
Knowing and Sharing Christ
(3 sem hours)
Explores how Christians can better understand their faith in Christ and comfortably share it in the context of today’s busy, multifaith society. The course will help students discover powerful motives and effective, easily-implemented strategies that will enable them to communicate the gospel actively in ways that are compatible with their personality and abilities. 
Format: Online independent study
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RELT 250-921
Principles of Christian Faith
(3 sem hours)
Suggested background: Secondary Bible, RELB 101, or equivalent
An intensive topical study of the Bible truths that form the foundation and structure of Christian belief as understood by Seventh-day Adventists.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 270-921
Adventist Heritage and Mission
(3 sem hours)
An investigation of Seventh-day Adventist church history with a preliminary review of backgrounds and foundations of the Advent message from apostolic times. Concentration on the church’s beginnings in America, the 1844 experience, history, organization, and development of the Seventhday Adventist denomination in America and in the world, with special attention being given to the writings of the prophets, particularly Ellen G. White.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 280-921
Moral Issues in World Religions
(3 sem hours)
A general study of major world religions and contemporary expressions of faith. Special emphasis will be given to examining the various ways in which different religions react to moral dilemmas and how they implement their beliefs in a variety of worship styles and ethical lifestyles.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 308-921
Biblical Preaching
(3 sem hours)
Prerequisite: COMM 105
An introduction to the principles governing sermon construction and the development of a theology of preaching. Careful attention is given to the structuring of various types of sermons as well as to the dynamics of delivery styles. Includes required interview project as well as delivery and taping of one sermon for evaluation. Normally taken in the junior year.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 335-921
Pauline Theology
(3 sem hours)
An investigation of the person of Paul and his contemporary world. A study of his letters and their influence on the development of Christian theology.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RELT 385-921
Christian Ethics and Modern Society
(3 sem hours)
The nature and principles of the Christian life as revealed in the New Testament and historically developed in the Christian community with application to problems of personal conduct and to family and social institutions. 
Format: Self-paced Online
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RLGN 314-921
Science and Christian Belief
(1 sem hour)
Prerequisite: A course or knowledge of physical science.
A detailed examination of the harmony between science and the Bible. Designed to help the student see the complementary relationships between the Word of God and natural law.
Format: Self-paced Online
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RLGN 360-921
Prophetic Guidance
(3 sem hours)
Prophetic Guidance (1) introduces Ellen G. White, (2) explores the context from which she emerged, (3) discusses her prophetic role in the rise and development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its institutions, and (4) examines issues surrounding her ministry and challenges to her credibility as a messenger of the Lord. The course presents Ellen White’s prophetic ministry, describes the way in which God communicated His messages to His messenger, and delineates the way God led her through the theological, medical, and social minefields of her day.
Format: Self-paced Online
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