REL4300EN - World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue

Course description

This course investigates the facets of interreligious dialogue/encounter and their emergence and practice in global context. It studies the distinctives of what are ecumenical, interfaith and interreligious movements and how the movements respond to contemporary global problems. The course defines Evangelical Christian truth claims and clarifies its position on exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism.

How this course benefits students

This course benefits students by helping them articulate a reasoned Christian position as they encounter people of other faiths to identify and explore basic human conflicts in global context. It equips students with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the basic rationale of major non-Christian faiths and their approaches to such conflicts in one’s missional context.

Why this course is important

Understanding the interreligious milieu with the emergence of religious extremism in global context, the place and role of Christian belief and practice in the world of religions, is necessary for Christians to effectively engage in their missional context.

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. Mego Haralu, Professor of Interreligious Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Scripture narrates the history of the fall of humanity and the effects of sin that resulted in human conflicts and problems. It also narrates God’s provision of reconciliation, salvation, redemption and peace to those who receive and accept His gift of life through Jesus Christ, in whom one finds answers to all human ills and conflicts. Christ followers are entreated to accept the “widow, orphan and alien”.

Missionally driven

The Missio Dei flows from the person of God to His creation with the purpose of ushering in fallen humanity through Jesus Christ into His presence. In this missional event, there is implication for Christ followers to actively encounter and engage people of other faiths to share the ethos and essence of God’s love for all people in an effort to address basic human conflicts.

Contextually informed

Encounters and collaborations with people of other faiths that emerge in the student's missional context provides essential elements which are analyzed and used to understand how interreligious encounters function as a constructive or desctructive means for addressing basic human conflicts.

Interculturally focused

This course is especially intercultural with a strong leaning toward crossing cultures as it defines and develops one’s truth claims while building a bridge and missionally crossing over to encounter and engage people of other faiths to address basic human conflicts.

Practically minded

The scope of this course is for the student to reflect on their personal truth claims and practice as well as truth claims and practices of other faiths in order to develop critical analytical skills for use in developing interreligious bridges in their particular missional context.

Experientially transformed

The course uses the student's experience and unique needs as the entry point of study to build on his or her understanding through immersive reflection and assignments in order to cultivate analytical skills and to increase competent appropriation.