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REL 356 : World Religions

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Jan 9 - Introduction to Course: Religious Studies, the theology of world religions, and missiology.

Jan 16 - Origins of "Religion," Theological Perspectives


  • Prothero, Ch. 1
  • Ch. 6 “Pluralism and Christ” in Matthew Kaemingk. Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear. Eerdmans 2018, p.165-195.

Jan 23 – Hinduism: Many Ways to the Summit

Guest speaker: Brian Carwana from Encounter World Religions Centre


  • Prothero, Ch. 2

Additional Readings:

  • Anne M. Pearson. “Hinduism: The Canadian Context” in World Religions: Canadian Perspectives (Eastern Traditions). Nelson 2013, p. 72-82.
  • Crouch, Andy. “Christ, My Bodhisattva.” Christianity Today, May 2007, Vol. 51, No. 5.

Jan 30 - Buddhism: The Middle Way


  • Prothero Ch. 3

Additional Reading:

Feb 6 – Buddhism (continued).


Feb 13 Mid-term and Judaism Introduced

Feb 20 No Class

Mar 6 Judaism: The Way of Torah


  • Prothero Ch. 5

Additional Reading:


Mar 13 - Islam


  • Prothero, Ch. 7

Additional Reading

  • Kazemipur, Abdolmohammad. The Muslim Question in Canada, UBC, 2014 (Ch. 7)
  • Rubina Ramji. “Being Muslim and Being Canadian: How Second-Generation Muslim Women Create Religious Identities in Two Worlds” in Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization. Routeledge 2008.

Mar 20 - Islam: The Way of Submission to Allah

*Research Paper Due

Guest Speaker Raza Khan

Mar 27 – Daoism: The Way of Nature; Confucianism, the Way of the Sages



Apr 3 Daoism and Inter-Faith Relations

- Dialogue, Friendship, and Partnership


  • Muck, Ch. 24

Additional Reading:

Apr 10 - Inter-faith Relations and Mission: apologetics, religious persecution


  • Meilaender, Gilbert. “Interfaith ‘Prayer.’” Christian Century Oct. 23-Nov. 5, 2002, p. 32-36.
  • N. Gray Sutanto. “Religious Pluralism in Indonesia: Reformed Reflections” in Kaemingk, Matthew, ed. Reformed Public Theology: A Global Vision for Life in the World. Baker 2021, p. 71-81.


Exam: Date TBA

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