REL5100 Advanced History of Religion

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Course Description:

Examination and evaluation of the phenomenological and historical developments of religious beliefs and practices, starting with Ancient Mesopotamia (i.e. Sumeria, Akkadia), Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East (i.e. Assyria, Babylonia, Persia). The student will also explore later religious developments and formations, especially those in Ancient Greece and Rome, including a wide variety of polytheistic religions and the rise of monotheism.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Every missional student must have a basic understanding of the history, beliefs, and practices of world religions. This course will prepare the student for missional engagement with believers in non-Christian religions.

Why This Course Is Important:

World religions are now right next door. The missional student will want to have a basic understanding of what these religions are all about in order to develop missional relationships with neighbors next door or around the world.