REL6590 Worldviews and Cultures of New Religious Movements

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. John Marriott

Course Description:

Development of a critical understanding of the roles played by worldview and culture in the formation of new religious movements. Attention will be given to analyzing how new religious movements construct a sense of reality for adherents and how that impacts the lived experience.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students desiring to engage members of new religious movements need to be able to both understand the worldviews of new religious movements, but also have the ability to contextualize the gospel in order to effectively minister to those in new religious movements. This course will provide students with the knowledge of how worldviews construct reality, and basic worldview tenets of new religious movements. Having this knowledge is essential to being able to contextualize the message of the gospel for members of new religious movements

Why This Course Is Important:

Worldviews and culture are two powerful forces that shape who we are as individuals. Yet, these two forces operate in the background of our lives, mostly unnoticed. By analyzing both the role and content of worldviews and culture, students will be better equipped to minister to those in new religious movements.