HIN2070EN - Intro to Hinduism

Course description

Introduction to Hinduism, exploring the history, scriptures and important religious movements of India. Consideration will be given to the Christian/Hindu interaction both historically and in the modern period. The state of missions to India and contemporary Hindu political movements will also be discussed.

How this course benefits students

Students need to understand the origins of "philosophized animism" which is the essential content of Hinduism. They also need to understand the universalism that is inherent in Hinduism and its only common thread of belief. Universalism is finding enormous attraction to western youth in the age of tolerance and diversity.

Why this course is important

Understanding the foundations of Hinduism is essential to the task of reaching Hindus with the good news of Jesus.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Hindu Studies
Educational level
Humanities Distribution
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

The struggle of the exclusive claims of the Bible within the pluralistic Hindu context will form one of the key values of this study.

Missionally driven

Hinduism today presents a greater challenge than ever before in the mission of the Church to all tribes and tongues. This course will grapple with that challenge and how to meet it.

Contextually informed

Understanding Hinduism, in its many contexts, will be an essential discipline of this class.

Interculturally focused

Fieldwork and actual face-to-face interaction with Hindus will be strongly encouraged in the inter-cultural aspects of this class.

Practically minded

Course outcomes will be geared toward practical engagement with Hindus and towards the task of establishing the Church amongst them.

Experientially transformed

Students will come away with significant intercultural experiences with the Hindu group of their choice.