October 17th, 2014
It seems like there are a zillion religions in the world today. Some make the news all the time while others seem like tiny cults. I know that Christianity is true because Jesus rose from the dead, but don’t other religions believe the same thing? Why aren’t they Christian?
How many religions are there? It seems like religions fall into categories. Is that true? Why are religions like Islam and Mormonism wrong when they believe in Jesus, too?
In response to these very valid questions, the Institute is offering an inexpensive certificate program targeted towards teenagers who want answers but don’t have any. The program consists of 4 classes. Each class is 10 weeks long and includes readings from well respected theologians and authors on the subject of comparative religions.
Conveniently, many of the works are available in either physical, electronic, or audio format, and before beginning a new author, an audio or video introduction is provided to give some background on the author and an overview of what you can expect to find in the selected readings.
At the end of each class, each student will be expected to provide a 5 page paper on each of the readings. What was the author trying to say? What arguments did they make? In addition, since we want to encourage personal application, we also require a 10 page introspective paper on each class. It should discuss how the student plans to personally utilize the information from the class as well as how it will benefit their own walk with Christ.
The four classes in this course are:
World Religion Basics
- Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions by Winfried Corduan
- Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norman Geisler
- Understanding Islam and Christianity by Josh McDowell and Jim Walker
- The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement by Francis J. Beckwith, Carl Mosser, and Paul Owen
- In the Beginning God: A Fresh Look at the Case for Original Monotheism by Winfried Corduan
Information and Enrollment:
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To enroll in the Certificate for the Basics of World Religions program please fill out the following form:
All enrollment requests will be processed as soon as received. When this form is received an official application will be mailed to the prospective student. The student will then fill out, sign and date form. The form will specify which electives the student wants to take, establish the payment options and establish the enrollment date and expected program completion date. After completion of the application, the prospective student will mail the application along with the enrollment fee back to the Institute. After review and approval, a confirmation will be sent and the program will begin.