Perspectives on World Mission

This postgraduate unit  presents information on the major world religions and explores Christian perspectives on these religions. It addresses topics such as definitions and characteristics of religion; functions of religion in society; religion and multiculturalism in Australia or New Zealand; fundamentalisms, religion and terrorism; Christian Perspectives on other religions; the uniqueness of Christianity in a pluralistic world; primal religion: traditional aboriginal or Maori religion; the history, cultural contexts, beliefs and practices of a selection from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucian philosophy, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Jainism, Shinto and an introduction to inter-religious dialogue.

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Christian Life and Ministry

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. construct a biblical and theological basis for Christian mission, and reflect critically on issues in contemporary theologies of mission, as espoused by major branches of the Christian Church
  2. identify key historical, cultural and strategic perspectives related to the practice of world mission
  3. develop strategies to strengthen local church commitment to and involvement in mission at home and abroad
  4. evaluate diverse expressions of Christian mission from theological, cultural and strategic perspectives, taking account of recent developments in missiology
  5. apply perspectives covered in this unit to the contemporary practice of mission and evangelism.
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