MR549: Evangelicals and Interfaith Dialogue (4 units)
Cory Willson, Adjunct Instructor in Intercultural Studies
Doug McConnell, Provost and Professor of Leadership
Richard Mouw, President and Professor of Philosophy
Winter 2013 Pasadena / Fuller Live!
DESCRIPTION: This course will expose students to both the theoretical and practical components of Evangelical approaches to interfaith dialogue, primarily focusing on Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism. As Christian mission continues to be challenged and reshaped by globalization, increasing migration, pluralism, and polarizing conflict based on religious and cultural identity, interfaith dialogue provides the mutual opportunity to develop relationship, understanding, and cooperation across cultural and religious lines while remaining consistent with a Biblical framework for witness. This course explores the necessary theological and missiological foundations for dialogue and develops critical reflections for praxis through student participation in interfaith dialogue. The course will culminate in a final paper in which students will reflect on the implications of course material for their current and future vocational contexts within the church and in society.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course, students will be able to
COURSE FORMAT: Class will meet once per week for three-hour sessions. The class combines lectures on major issues in interfaith dialogue with small group engagement centered on specific encounters.
REQUIRED READING: A minimum of 1500 pages total is achieved through reading from the required text, the course reader (as assigned), and additional reading drawn from the bibliography. Please select your additional reading in the areas of theology and missiology. You may also read significant parts of various titles to familiarize yourself with the contents. If you have previously read any of the required texts, please select an alternative text from the recommended reading list or a book approved by the instructor.
McDermott, Gerald R. Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions? Jesus, Revelation & Religious Traditions. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 233 pages. ISBN: 0830822744. Pub.price: $14.25.
Tennent, Timothy. Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002. 270 pages. ISBN: 0801026024. Pub.price: $22.43.
For those students without a background in Muslim, Latter-day Saint, and/or Jewish life and theology, selected chapters from the following texts will help supplement your knowledge of these religions. These texts are on reserve in the library.
Islamic life and thought: Chapman, Colin Gilbert. Cross and Crescent: Responding to the Challenge of Islam. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008. 400 pages. ISBN: 0830834850. Pub.price: $13.14.
Jewish life and thought: Fishman, Sylvia Barack. The Way into the Varieties of Jewishness. Woodstock: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008. 262 pages. ISBN: 1580233678. Pub.price: $14.81.
Latter-day Saint theology: Millet, Robert. A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. 226 pages. ISBN: 0802828760. Pub.price: $18.00.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: MACL, MATM, MAIS, MAT (in place of MB501).
FINAL EXAM: None.
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.