NRM5390EN - New Religious Movements and Historical Theology

Course description

Evaluation of aberrant theologies of new religious movements in light of Church history. Students will analyze specific doctrines of new religious movements and compare and contrast them with teachings the Church has long rejected as heretical. Attention will be paid to aspects of theology proper, soteriology, revelation, harmartiology and Christology.

How this course benefits students

Students need to know the important theological differences between orthodox Christian theology and new religious movements. This class will compare and contrast the theology of several new religious movements with sound Christian theology.

Why this course is important

Students who are going to minister to those in new religious movements need to know what NRMs teach and where the teachings differ from sound Christian theology. With this understanding, students will be able to engage people who follow NRMs in ways that are discerning and theologically helpful.

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 the differences between orthodox theology and that of NRMs.

Missionally driven

If students want to live out their calling to minster to those in NRMs, they need to know the difference between sound and heretical theology.

Contextually informed

This course will assist students ministering to those in NRMs and the unique traditions they indwell.

Interculturally focused

Those in NRMs come from multiple ethnicities, cultures, and value traditions. This class will take that into consideration.

Practically minded

Knowing the theological differences between orthodox Christian theology and those of NRMs provides students the ability to practically engage in discussion with adherents of NRMs.

Experientially transformed

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