This unit provides an overview of the major World Religions including the place of Christianity in the religious arena. It offers a framework for understanding the classification of religions as well as the chronological development, adaptation, geographical distribution, worldviews, and cultural impact of world faiths. A summary of major religious innovators/figures, central doctrines/teachings, sacred myths and texts – including potential emerging world religions – will lead into a discussion concerning appropriate Christian responses to the world’s religions and their adherents. Indigenous values such as respecting others and story-telling are central to the approach utilized in this course.
Identify the essential elements of the world’s major religions and articulate an understanding of the development of them with reference to at least one;
Demonstrate basic skills in comparative religious analysis and apply key concepts to their own experiences;
Identify and demonstrate understanding of the differences and similarities between classical formulations of religions and contemporary practices (how and why religious worlds are constructed);
Demonstrate awareness of the complexity of religious thought and expression;
Describe and demonstrate an Indigenous perspective towards practitioners of other faiths;
Identify and juxtapose the central teachings of Christianity with those of other religions with a view to a better understanding the uniqueness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Online: Online synchronous discussions, forums, reading exercises
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Personal and Professional Evaluation||
Personal & Professional evaluation (1000 words)
Personal Reflection (2500 words)
|Project Report or Project Journal||
Report – 3500 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Oct, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-10-09 09:40:04 +1100