EM621 - 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.
- Selected approaches to Christian engagement with other 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.
- Evaluate selected approaches to Christian engagement with other 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 living faiths.
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).
Partridge, C. H. and D. R. Groothius Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World: Exploring Living Faiths in Postmodern Contexts (Leicester; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).
Ludwig, T. M., The Sacred Paths (3rd ed.; Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001).
Lehmann, A. C. et al, Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural (6th ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004).
Noss, D. S., A History of the World’s Religions (11th ed.; Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002).
Robinson, G., Essential Judaism (New York: Simon & Shuster, 2000).
Telushkin, J., Jewish Literacy (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2001).