REL1000 Intro to Study of Religion

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O’Brien

Course Description:

Introduction to the social scientific and historical comparative study of religions. Through reading, reflection, writing and discussion, students will explore the social and personal dimensions of religion through history, how religion shapes people and their experience of the world, and how it is shaped by people. Students will develop their own unique Great Commission and missional-relational perspective.

How This Course Benefits Students:

It has been said of religions, He (or she) who knows one, knows none, which is to say that a missionally-minded follower of Jesus may learn more about her or his own faith by learning how other people believe, think and feel. This course serves student needs by surveying the worlds great religions in order to help in the understanding and appreciation of different belief systems. Christian missionaries who understand other religions are better suited to proclaiming the Gospel in pluralistic and cross-cultural contexts.

Why This Course Is Important:

The churchs missional strategy has often been to conform new converts according to the social expectations of the sending culture rather than understanding, respecting and appreciating the indigenous culture. This course gives students the tools needed to understand, respect and appreciate the worlds religions as a God-given drive designed to help people seek Him (Acts 17:27).