Examination and evaluation of the phenomenological and historical developments of religious beliefs and practices, starting with Ancient Mesopotamia (i.e. Sumeria, Akkadia), Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East (i.e. Assyria, Babylonia, Persia). The student will also explore later religious developments and formations, especially those in Ancient Greece and Rome, including a wide variety of polytheistic religions and the rise of monotheism.
Every missional student must have a basic understanding of the history, beliefs, and practices of world religions. This course will prepare the student for missional engagement with believers in non-Christian religions.
The student will have the opportunity to study and engage world religions.
The Christian student will have the opportunity to evaluate all world religions from the truth perspective of the Bible.
In our globalized world the missional student can encounter world religions anywhere, across the globe or next door.
World religions is all about contexts
taking the gospel to other world religions is all about context.
World religions are both shape and are shaped by culture. The course forces the student to engage a multitude of cultures.
The study of world religions will equip the missional student with practical students to engage others with the gospel.