EM421 - Living Faiths
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
- The beliefs and practices of a selection of living faiths
- Principles of Christian engagement with a selection of living faiths
B. Be able to
- Account for the historical development of selected living faiths
- Compare the beliefs of selected living faiths with biblical teaching
- Explain the practices of selected living faiths as a consequence of participants’ belief system and cultural world view
- Analyse the contemporary reforms and responses to change in global culture in selected living faiths
C. Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from ‘Living Faiths’ with their other theological and ministry studies
- Engage with living faiths as a reflective practitioner
- Communicate a contextualised biblical message to adherents of a living faith
The historical roots, beliefs, practices, cultural influences and contemporary reforms in TWO, THREE or FOUR of the following living faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Australian Aboriginal religions, primal religions.
Bhaskarananda, S., The Essentials of Hinduism (Seattle: Viveka, 2002).
Burnett, D., The Spirit of Buddhism (Sussex: Monarch 2003).
Catherwood, C., Christians, Muslims and Islamic Rage (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
Gross, R. M. and T. C. Muck (eds), Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha (New York: Continuum, 2000).
Lehmann, A. C., et al, Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural (6th ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004).
McDowell, B. A. and A. Zaka, Muslims and Christians at the Table: Promoting Biblical Understanding (Phillisburg: P&R, 1999).
Robinson, G., Essential Judaism (New York: Simon & Shuster, 2000).
Telushkin, J., Jewish Literacy (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2001).