REL3100EN - History of Religion

Course description

Focus on 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). It will also cover later religious developments and formations, especially those in Ancient Greece and Rome, including a wide variety of polytheistic religions and the rise of monotheism.

How this course benefits students

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.

Why this course is important

The student will have the opportunity to study and engage world religions.

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.
Dr. Stamenka Antonova, Professor of Early Christianity

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Christian student will have the opportunity to evaluate all world religions from the truth perspective of the Bible.

Missionally driven

In our globalized world the missional student can encounter world religions anywhere, across the globe or next door

Contextually informed

World religions is all about contexts

Interculturally focused

taking the gospel to other world religions is all about context.

Practically minded

World religions are both shape and are shaped by culture. The course forces the student to engage a multitude of cultures.

Experientially transformed

The study of world religions will equip the missional student with practical students to engage others with the gospel.