GEL2100EN - Ethnogeology

Course description

This course is an introduction to how ancient people groups understood and related to the geology of the specific areas in which they lived. It will take a global look at how cultures over time have been influenced and shaped by their geology and use of geologic materials. Special emphasis will be placed on how these cultures interpreted geologic phenomena such has earth quakes, volcanic eruptions, and related hazards.

How this course benefits students

There is a concerted effort by many to explain away the supernatural events in the Bible. Interpreting events, like the fall of the wall of Jericho, the parting of the Red Sea as natural events, possess a challenge to any serious student of scripture. Any student seeking to understand and engage the world, both secular and religious, must understand the role God plays in natural process.

Why this course is important

Interpretation of natural events, have been attributed the wrath of the gods and now the scientific method drives most of the interpretation, therefore it is important for each student to grasp God's intervention in nature.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geological Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Churchill Okonkwo, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The course will force every human effort of interpreting supernatural events to be compared to Biblical Understanding of the Christian life..

Missionally driven

Students will be invited to explore the relationship between Biblical interpretations of natural and supernatural events and naturalistic interpretations that may hamper missions and a missional lifestyle.

Contextually informed

The entire course will deal with the issue of how to contextualize the gospel in any cultural setting.

Interculturally focused

Students from any and every culture will be exploring and evaluating their own contexts for gospel-culture syncretism.

Practically minded

Students will leave the course will the ability to interpret natural and super natural events in light of Biblical Christianity.

Experientially transformed

The course will engage each student in interpreting examination and evaluation of natural and supernatural events.