REL6600EN - Issues in Phenomenology of Religion

Course description

In-depth concentration on the experiences and personal transformation related to religion. Special attention will be given to the similarities and differences between the Christian experience and that of other religions. This course will include literature on religious experience and an interview with two individuals of another faith.

How this course benefits students

From the Reformation to the 1960’s ministry of Rev Dennis Bennett at St Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys, California; the focus of Protestant Worship was to impart information. The Charismatic Movement and its spin off (Contemporary Worship) designed worship that imparted information and experiential opportunities. The difference between pre-1960 worship and contemporary worship is analogues to the difference between walking into a 1960’s Sporting Goods Store that sells hunting and fishing equipment vis a’ vis walking into a Capella’s/Bass Pro Shop. Students completing the course will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the gospel message with in the experience of another faith group. They will have the skills to examine a rite of religious passage and analyze, synthesize and evaluate methods of relating the gospel to that individual.

Why this course is important

Through the interview process the student will experience the dynamic of listening, relating and bridge building. Learning best takes place when the didactic is woven together with the experiential

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Religion 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

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 “ For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ[), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you”

Missionally driven

This course will equip and prepare the student to empathetically relate to people of all faiths

Contextually informed

while maintaining his/her spiritual boundaries and still have the ability to communicate the mystery of the of Jesus Christ.

Interculturally focused

The students will be exposed to missional opportunities within their own context.

Practically minded

Students will have the skills to listen, analyze, synthesize and evaluate cross cultural relationships and ministries.

Experientially transformed

The course will include the study of the theoretical as well as the practical application.