World Religions

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Buddhist Temple, Thailand

One of my favorite series to teach is World Religions.  Through immigration, globalization, new religious movements, and other factors, we now encounter different religions on an almost daily basis. It’s vital for Christians to be aware of the basic beliefs, practices, and background of religions, so that they can be good neighbors as well as good witnesses. While I believe that evangelism and apologetics are vitally important, this series focuses on understanding other religions on their own terms.

Content of the Course

In the class, we cover the history, beliefs, and practices of major world religions and new religious movements.Standard religions that I address include:

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Mormonism
  • Wicca
  • Scientology

Additional religions can be included by request. The class includes time for discussion and coverage of the current state of each religion in the world and the U.S. At the end of each class, I provide a one-page “fact sheet” containing some basic information about each religion’s history, beliefs, and practices.

If you would like to invite me to your church, college group, or organization to teach on World Religions, please contact me. I’m always willing to modify the series for your particular needs.

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Photo: Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, by Stuck in Customs via Flickr

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