REL4600 Phenomenology of Religion

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Rhodes

Course Description:

Overview and introduction to the study of the experience and personal transformation of religion. This course lays a foundation for those working with non-Christian populations. The course will consists of course reading material, an autobiographical reflection of the students spiritual journey as well as videos featuring leaders of other religions.

How This Course Benefits Students:

From the Reformation to the 1960s ministry of Rev Dennis Bennett at St Marks Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys, California; the focus of Protestant Worship was to impart information. The Charismatic Movement and its spin off (Contemporary Worship) designed worship that imparted information and experiential opportunities. The difference between pre-1960 worship and contemporary worship is analogues to the difference between walking into a 1960s Sporting Goods Store that sells hunting and fishing equipment vis a vis walking into a Capellas/Bass Pro Shop. Students completing the course will know the theories of faith development and be able to articulate them within the context of the Christian faith and other religions.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will take the silos of information and help the student analyze, synthesize and evaluate what they have learned about the experience of religion.