REL3190 New Religions in Historical Perspective

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. John Marriott

Course Description:

Examination of new religions against the backdrop of the historical and socio-cultural factors that gave rise to them. Students will explore the origin, development and key individuals of selected new religious movements. In doing so, students will gain an appreciation for the impact historical setting has on the birth and development of new religious movements.

How This Course Benefits Students:

It is important that students understand the historical context, which gave birth to new religious movements. It is the historical context that provides an explanation for why NRMs are found attractive by adherents. Equipped with this knowledge, students will be in a better position to demonstrate how only in the gospel are those needs ultimately met.

Why This Course Is Important:

Understanding the historical context from which new religious movements emerge contributes to a comprehensive understanding of new religious movements. This is essential if students are to effectively minister to those in new religious movements.