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Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism

Xiyi Yao
Instructor: Xiyi Yao
Code: AP/WM649
Section: HA
Prerequisites: None
Location: Hamilton AC150, Digital Live
Schedule: Thurs, 1:30–4:30pm
Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Course Description

(Course Description & Learning Objectives)

With a shared origin, Hinduism and Buddhism are the belief systems of one of the largest segments of the world population and pose one of the major religious challenges to Christianity in the past and future. This course is an introductory study for students to understand the beliefs, practices, and cultural impacts of these two traditions. More specifically this course provides an opportunity for students to be able:

  1. To understand the beliefs and common practices of Hinduism and Buddhism;
  2. To assess their shaping influences on the worldview and the patterns of culture and life of the peoples in Asia and other parts of the world;
  3. To discover and grasp essential differences between Hinduism/Buddhism and Christian worldviews, and to evaluate the two traditions from the Christian perspectives;
  4. To explore the Christian missiological approaches to the traditions and mission strategy relevant in the Hindu and Buddhist contexts.

By doing so, students will formulate a Biblical approach to non-Christian religions or theology of religion, and become aware of some key issues and ongoing debates about evangelism among Hindu and Buddhist populations.

Selected Readings

  1. Ellinger, Herbert, Hinduism. London: SCM Press, 1995 (ISBN 0-334-02602-4).
  2. Harvey, Peter, ed., Buddhism. London: Continuum, 2001 (ISBN 0-8264-5350-3).
  3. Lim, David, Steve Spaulding, and Paul De Neui, eds., Sharing Jesus Effectively in the Buddhist World. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2005 (ISBN 0-87808-509-2).
  4. Smith, Houston & Philip Novak, Buddhism, A Concise Introduction. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2003 (ISBN: 0-06-073067-6)

Apply by January 15th

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 degree programs through December 15, 2020. Applications for individual courses accepted through January 15, 2021.
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TUITION RATES (Spring 2021)

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