NRM5190EN - New Religions in Historical Context

Course description

Assessment of the impact that historical and socio-cultural factors play in the development of new religions. Students will develop theories that explain how factors such as economics, class, education, ethnicity, and social privilege impact the origin and development of new religious movements.

How this course benefits students

It is important that students understand the historical context, which gave birth to new religious movements. It is the historical context that provides an explanation for why NRMs are found attractive by adherents. Equipped with this knowledge, students will be in a better position to demonstrate how only in the gospel are those needs ultimately met.

Why this course is important

Understanding the historical context from which new religious movements emerge contributes to a comprehensive understanding of new religious movements. This is essential if students are to effectively minister to those in new religious movements.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
New Religious Movements
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

This course will instruct students in effectively communicating the gospel among new religious movements.

Missionally driven

Knowing the historical context from which NRMs emerge assists the student in discerning where God is at work in the heart and life of a person drawn to a new religious movement.

Contextually informed

This course places NRMs in their historical context.

Interculturally focused

This course will compare and contrast the historical and cultural settings of NRMs.

Practically minded

This course equips students to demonstrate the historical context from which NRMs emerge. This is important because it allows students to focus on the existential needs that NRMs meet.

Experientially transformed

Students are encouraged to interact with adherents of new religious movements.