Global Religious Movements – RLGN 340

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/13/2020

Course Description

This course examines modern religious movements, with focus upon the major world religions. Particular attention is given to the historical development, beliefs, and practices of the major world religions as well as a comparative analysis of various religious beliefs.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In this global age, students will encounter adherents of other religious movements. This course is designed to inform the students of the beliefs of these religions and to equip them to respond as followers of Jesus Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical/geographical development of major world religions.
  2. Explain the beliefs of these religious movements.
  3. Compare the beliefs of these religious movements.
  4. Evaluate beliefs of each religion by the Scriptures.
  5. Develop a presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ for an adherent of one of these religions, while incorporating at least one belief of the religion to help the adherent understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The thread must be at least 250–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Claims in the thread must be well-supported with material from the Wilson textbook and the Scriptures, in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150–300 words. (MLO: B, C, D)

Proposed Interview Questions

The student will propose 5–10 open-ended interview questions to be used when he/she interviews a follower of a global religion other than Christianity, to learn the interviewee’s beliefs, personal testimony, and religious practices. (MLO: B)

Response Paper Bibliography

The student will submit a bibliography in current Turabian format containing at least 5 outside sources that he/she plans to use in the Response Paper, consistent with Liberty’s standard for scholarly sources, and the 2 textbooks. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Interview Paper

The student will interview a follower of a global religion other than Christianity, and report on the interview in a 5-to-7-page paper in current Turabian format. Insights from the analysis of the interview will be incorporated into the final Response Paper. The interview questions and notes on the interview must be included as appendices of the paper. (MLO: B)

Response Paper

The student will write a 10-to-12-page paper in current Turabian format on his/her response to a follower of a global religion other than Christianity, and whom the student interviewed for the Interview Paper. The paper will be a report of the common and contrasting features of Christianity and the religion of the interviewee, and a strategy for communicating with the interviewee how the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the answer to the sins and suffering of humanity. The content of the paper must be supported by data from the interview and research from at least 5 outside resources and the 2 textbooks. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material assigned up to and for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour-and-15-minute time limit. The student will have the option to take each quiz twice; if the quiz is attempted a second time, only the second quiz score will be recorded. (MLO: A, B, C)