MIS6620EN - Theories & Methods of Sharing Your Faith with Hindu Friends

Course description

Analysis of theories, philosophy, methods and strategies for engaging friends from religious traditions and cultures of South Asia known as Hinduism. Includes an investigation of the most common views of salvation and the nature of God in Indian culture.

How this course benefits students

Students who encounter individuals from the philosophic systems of India need to understand the ways that religious beliefs known as Hinduism are different from not only traditional Christian beliefs, but also from most world religions. Personal interaction amongst Hindus is encouraged in course assignments.

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
Mission Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Wilson Paluri, Professor of Hindu Studies

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.