ANT3550EN - Religions of Asia

Course description

Survey of the history, beliefs, and practices of the major non-Christian religions in Asia. Special attention is given to understanding animistic perspectives, as well as the theological and practical similarities and differences of these faiths in relation to the Christian faith.

How this course benefits students

We seek to develop a contextualized approach to sharing the gospel using a vital shame/honor framework of Asian culture.

Why this course is important

The course introduces students to contextualized strategies of sharing the gospel so that they can develop their own approach to presenting the gospel effectively in their context.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
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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

Students learn to recognize the different ways God has revealed himself and to treasure God's unique revelation of himself in Christ.

Missionally driven

The focus is to know the nature of religion and its relationship to worldview and culture by identifying key beliefs and practices of major world religions. Students develop an appropriate gospel presentation for their context.

Contextually informed

This course seeks to understand the meaning and basic processes of contextualization as it relates to evangelism and to appreciate the importance of making the gospel contextually relevant and biblically faithful.

Interculturally focused

Students develop a presentation for evangelism appropriate for shame-oriented cultures.

Practically minded

Students learn to use research methodology to better understand world religions and minister in that context.

Experientially transformed

By understanding the role and importance of folk beliefs and practices, students learn to respect the people of non-Christian religions.