REL3700 Psychology of Religion
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Rhodes
Introduction to the existential experiences of religion and to the impact that religion and spiritual makes upon the individuals world view and meaning to life. The student will be introduced to the commonality of myths as an evangelistic tool.
How This Course Benefits Students:
The mission field is no longer somewhere out there. Dick Essaum notes that we are the first generation of North American immigrants to be hostile to the gospel. The day of confrontational evangelism is over. Today we count conversation and not conversions. The student needs to be equipped to be able to witness in a society that is analogous to the First Century.
Why This Course Is Important:
Proverbs 23:7 notes, As a man thinks in his heart so is he. Paul writes in Philippians, Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, and in Romans 12:2, Paul notes, Be not conformed to this world, to be transformed by the renewal of your mind. We tend to think of Christianity as a heart religion, but it is really a head religion. The Christian worker should be equipped to understand his/her own faith development, but in a world of fluid people and moving religious centers, we would be amiss if Christian disciples did not have an understanding of the psychological development of other religions and the impact upon the end product. People moving in and people moving out goes back to Genesis. This will continue to happen, particularly if there are a number of people, some in the thousands and some in the millions. Populations will continue to move oftentimes looking for a positive life. One can join God where He is working and with the hope and freedom that can be found in Him. We have the opportunity to join Him in His mission.