Church and Society
Although Islam is a growing religion through much of the world, it is not usually very well understood by the church. In this course, you will gain foundational knowledge of the origin, history, writings, doctrine, and structure of Islam, and learn who Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was in comparison to Jesus Christ. All too often there is confusion about Allah being the same God as Yahweh. You will discover in this course that the nature and character of Yahweh and Allah are really very different. You will also learn about the missional objectives and strategies of Islam compared with those of Christianity, as well as exploring missional methods of presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the origin, history, writings, doctrine, and structure of Islam.
- Compare the character and role of Muhammad (the founder of Islam) with that of Jesus Christ (the founder of Christianity).
- Compare the nature and character of Yahweh with that of Allah.
- Compare the missional objectives and strategies of Islam with those of Christianity.
- Critique methods and models for presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Islam
- Unit 2: Muhammad
- Unit 3: Allah
- Unit 4: Islamisation
- Unit 5: Witness
In this course, you will discover the exciting field of African Theology, a field of Theology that is relatively new, but is very significant, especially as Christianity grows rapidly throughout the continent of Africa. You will learn about various aspects of African Traditional Religion (ATR), namely, (1) Cosmology in ATR, (2) the philosophical, ethical and psychological principles in ATR, (3) the Supreme Being, divinities and spirits in ATR, (4) religious experience: rites, power and communication with spirits in ATR, and how Christianity ought to interact with such features of ATR. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe African Theology
- Demonstrate the development of African Theology
- Highlight features of ATR and their relevance to African Theology
- Evaluate African Traditional Religion in the light of Christianity
- Unit 1: What is African Theology
- Unit 2: Methodology
- Unit 3: Cosmology in African Traditional Religion (ATR)
- Unit 4: Philosophical, Ethical and Psychological Principles in ATR
- Unit 5: Supreme Being, Divinities and Spirits in ATR
- Unit 6: Religious Experience: Rites, Power and Communication with Spirits in ATR
- Unit 7: Christian Response to ATR
This course examines the prominent worldviews and philosophies of our time, exploring ideas and their social implications. This is not primarily a course about a biblical worldview. The primary objective of the course is to empower Christian leaders to understand the world in which they live and minister by examining major ideological or philosophical trends, such as pluralism, postmodernism, secularism, globalization, feminism, and so on. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Validate your awareness of major ideological or philosophical trends affects your immediate context.
- Explore and interpret the most prominent or burning socio-political or religious topic from a Christian perspective.
- Assess the level to which your church/organisation engages in various ideologies or philosophies.
- Design a programme which fosters communication between groups with opposing ideologies.
- Unit 1: A Descriptive Ideology Analysis of My Community
- Unit 2: Biblical Evaluation of Those Who Believe Differently
- Unit 3: The Church and How They Reach Out to Others
- Unit 4: A Call to Action: Fostering Dialogue and Understanding
The objective of this course is to help students to understand the marginalised members of society, addressing groups such as (a) women, (b) children, (c) the poor, and (d) foreigners, exploring social issues such as (a) racism, (b) sexism, (c) diaspora, and (d) poverty. In keeping with our general approach, we would attempt to understand both the contemporary and the biblical perspectives on these questions with a view towards helping Christian leaders to handle them in a way that promotes the glory of God and the good of society. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of the marginalized in your immediate community context.
- Explore and appreciate the diversity of physical and spiritual needs represented in your own community.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Biblical theological understanding towards those who are marginalized.
- Assess and critique programs of engaging various marginalized communities by other churches or organizations.
- Design an intervention strategy to bring the marginalized into your community as future contributing members to God’s work and ministry.
- Unit 1: The Marginalised in My Community
- Unit 2: The Stories of the Marginalised
- Unit 3: God’s Heart for the Marginalised
- Unit 4: Appreciation for the Ministry of Others
- Unit 5: A Call to Action