HIN5070EN - Foundations of Hinduism

Course description

Survey of the ancient religious texts of India and modern religious and philosophical movements with particular emphasis on Hindu religious thought. Considers the Christian response to these faiths as they have become highly influential in the western context. Focuses on issues of contextualization, witnessing, apologetics and church planting in the Indian context.

How this course benefits students

Students need to understand the origins of "philosophized animism" which is the essential content of Hinduism. They also need to understand the universalism that is inherent in Hinduism and its only common thread of belief. Universalism is finding enormous attraction to western youth in the age of tolerance and diversity.

Why this course is important

Hinduism is not a single religion among the major world religions, but rather the name given to many religious traditions and cultures of South Asia. Students who work in Hindu cultures, or in Western settings which are increasingly influenced by Hindu culture, need a foundation in its common threads of belief. They also need specialized skills in sharing the Christian faith.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Hindu Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Students will explore how the Christian understanding of God and salvation found in scripture differs from the Hindu understanding.

Missionally driven

As Christians we are called to embody Christ in our interactions not only with fellow Christians but also with people of other faiths. Learning about those faiths instills in students the idea that all humanity represents God’s creation and, therefore, is worthy of respect, compassion, and understanding.

Contextually informed

Students will examine the sociocultural contexts found in the Hindu world in order to develop culturally-appropriate methods for missional outreach.

Interculturally focused

Students will research demographic, sociographic, and geographic data for the cultures of South Asia.

Practically minded

This course will gives students knowledge and insight of religious and cultural variations that they need to create and make a difference in their areas of residence. The course also enables students to share stories of successes and challenges with others through online discussions.

Experientially transformed

This course encourages interactive dialogue that will present opportunities to learn from others who have experienced life among various cultures, religions, and countries. The interactive communication will provide an every expanding understanding of others and will enable everyone to be better prepared if and when missional opportunities arise.