REL3300 Theology of Religion

Course Overview

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

Course Description:

An exploration of the relationship between God who saves and humanity among the worlds diverse religious phenomena. The historical scope of this course begins with popular questions such as, Do all paths lead to the same God?, Can salvation be obtained apart from the Christian Church?, What happens to people who never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ? and Where is God in non-Christian religions? and compares and evaluates the models commonly proposed to answer these questions.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The missional mindset affirms the urgency to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ but missional practice also observes and acknowledges that the field is increasingly global, secular and inclusivistic where pluralism, diversity and tolerance are among the highest social and personal values. Students who can articulate a vision of the interactions between a God whose highest value is soteriological, who is known as Savior and who can acquire an appreciation of the unknown God among the nations will be better equipped to build missional relationships among those people. This course helps students recognize Gods Presence among people who do not yet know the Living God.

Why This Course Is Important:

In a world that believes in Jesus only as one god among many, Evangelicals need to believe that God not only calls and sends believers but leads them into a mission field; that God is going ahead, perhaps present among them preveniently. This course establishes the biblical and theological basis for describing and explaining how God is mighty to save and that the divine will that all be saved is being worked out for the good of all who love Him, who are called according to His purposes.