The student will study a brief overview of Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Shintoism and Animism with an emphasis on the student’s ability to understand the basic concepts of each religion. The overview will include their views on origin, morality, meaning, hopes, destiny, and worship practices especially during major life transitions. Teachers are expected to primarily focus most of their time on local religions and cults with the aim to build bridges to people who follow these religions.
Christians in an area with a majority non-Christian religion often do not know or understand the practices of the people around them. Few have ever dialogued with their neighbors to discover points of contact. This course should help the student discover points of contact and dialogue that will attract people to the person of Christ.
Program Outcomes from APR SOO
CN-9 Identify and describe the events, personalities and main themes of the history of the Christian Church in Asia-Pacific.
CN-28 Describe the primary concerns and objections to Christianity from a variety of global cultures, religions and non-theistic positions.
CP-1 Ability to communicate effectively in writing with cultural relevance.
CP-2 Ability to communicate effectively orally with cultural relevance.
CP-8 Ability to express pastoral care to others including visiting the sick, conducting weddings, funerals, burials, baptisms, and dedications.
CP-13 Ability to carry out and/or support Christian marriage in all aspects and to counsel others in respect to polygamy.
CP-22 Ability to communicate orally and visually according to the culture.
CP-28 Ability to synthesize, analyze, reason logically for discernment, assessment, and problem solving,
CP-29 Ability to analyze the validity of arguments and to identify their presuppositions and consequences.
CP-30 Have a greater ability to think critically and communicate both gently and clearly the critical rationales of the Christian faith in a postmodern, pluralistic and multi-faith world.
CH-4 Ability to teach and model sexual purity.
CH-5 Ability to demonstrate oneself consistently in public Christian ethics, in decision making, and in conducting oneself as a Christian in a pagan society.
CH-6 Ability to give value to the interrelated aspects (ethical, personal, social, and environmental) in the development of persons in any social structure.
CH-9 Ability to express humility and interdependence in all of one’s personal relationships.
CX-1 Ability to identify and describe the events, personalities, and main themes of national history in the context of world history and Asia-Pacific history.
CX-5 Basic ability to identify elements of culture.
CX-6 Ability to support missionary and trans-cultural principles.
CX-7 Ability to distinguish between world views – Local, Biblical, and Western.
CX-8 Ability to make an integrated presentation of divine creation.
CX-9 Ability to interpret Christian positions that are relevant from the modern Asia-Pacific context regarding issues like magic, spiritism, demonic possession, ancestral veneration, divine cure, and medicine.
CX-11 Describe the relevance of Christ’s ministry and message for contemporary society in Asia- Pacific.
CX-12 Ability to explain and effectively use missiological and trans-cultural principles to retain meaning across contexts.
CX-13 Ability to identify and apply principles of cross-cultural communication.
Additional class goals.
Equip, enhance and enable students to provide opportunities for individuals to move from an intellectual understanding to personal, transformational encounter with Christ.
The Student will list the ethical, personal, social, and environmental factors that should be considered when developing persons in at least 3 different social structures.
Assessment and Evaluation