At the heart of the Tyndale curriculum is the study of what is called "Divinity" or "Theology" in the ancient universities. A knowledge of the Bible and the theological tradition is at the heart of a liberal arts education. The Bible is the single most important cultural document in the history of the West. No one can be considered truly educated who does not have a knowledge of its contents and the history of its influence. Great theologians like St. Athanasius (c.296-373) have been influential in developing the core Christian doctrines of Incarnation and Trinity, as expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. Most of Western intellectual and political history is intertwined with theological debates and much of English literature presupposes a knowledge of the Bible. Some of the greatest minds in Western culture, such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Barth, have devoted their lives to the rational articulation of the Gospel.
The Department of Religious Studies teaches four core courses that are required of all degree students: Old Testament Scriptures, New Testament Scriptures, Hermeneutics, and Introduction to Christian Theology. We offer a major in Religious Studies with a number of options.
We also offer a wide variety of electives, including courses on major biblical books and major Christian doctrines, as well as courses in various world religions, religion and science, war and peace in Christian perspective and biblical archeology. We also teach both Hebrew and Greek and stress the importance of studying the Bible in its original languages. Our program also includes study trips to biblical sites.