REL6600 Issues in Phenomenology of Religion

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Rhodes

Course Description:

In-depth concentration on the experiences and personal transformation related to religion. Special attention will be given to the similarities and differences between the Christian experience and that of other religions. This course will include literature on religious experience and an interview with two individuals of another faith.

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 demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the gospel message with in the experience of another faith group. They will have the skills to examine a rite of religious passage and analyze, synthesize and evaluate methods of relating the gospel to that individual.

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.