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CHS5121 Islamic Worldview and Religion

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.

CHS5122 African Worldview and Religion

This course aims at exploring the question what is an African Worldview and how does it affect those who live in such a worldview? Students of the Bible and Christian leaders in Africa grapple with these question as they inform the way theology, theological training, and evangelism are conducted on the continent. The purpose of this course is to orientate the student to know and understand the African Worldview and Religions as well as know and understand that Africa has diverse forms of spirituality and religious praxis. It purports to enable you to critically engage and to minister within the African context.   By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • demonstrate appreciation of how the holistic view of life in an African worldview shapes lives, beliefs, and actions.
  • demonstrate appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity in how different African communities express their spirituality.
  • Explain how spiritual beliefs and practices shape social relationships and status within African communities.
  • identify points of convergence between African and biblical spirituality as entry points for presenting the gospel.
  • minister in ways that are both culturally sensitive and biblically faithful.

CHS5123 Understanding the Times

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.

CHS5124 Understand the Margins

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.
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