World Religions in Context

The course unit World Religions in Context (CALD) presents information on the major world religions and explores Christian perspectives on these religions within the students’ cultural context.

This unit is available only to candidates enrolled in the BTh/BMin CALD Stream.


Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



2 Theology units or 1 Theology unit and 1 Mission unit.



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the characteristics and functions of religion in society, and explore the relationship of major religions to the cultures and societies from which they emerged;
  2. outline the history, beliefs, and practices of several world religions, comparing and contrasting these with Christian beliefs and practices;
  3. construct a Christian theological approach to other religions that includes respect for alternative belief systems, and willingness, where appropriate, to learn from their insights while avoiding syncretism;
  4. evaluate strategies for dialogue and for sharing the Christian Gospel with adherents of the religions studied within the students own cultural context;
  5. apply knowledge and contextualized strategies to interaction with and ministry among adherents of other faiths in the students’ cultural context.
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