Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism

Xiyi Yao
Instructor: Xiyi Yao
Code: AP/WM649
Section: HA
Prerequisites: None
Location: Hamilton AC235, 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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The following tuition rates are for new students enrolling (without a declared degree) in one of our online courses.

*Tuition rates for students enrolled in a declared degree program may vary by campus. See tuition & fees for more information.


$ 350

No Additional Student Service Fees

Best for: Personal Enrichment

Participation: Auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not:

  • Participate in class discussion (except as authorized by the instructor according to the terms included in the course syllabus)
  • Submit written work
  • Sit for exams for the purpose of receiving an evaluation.

Credit/Grading: Auditors do not receive graduate credit nor a grade. Your Gordon-Conwell transcripts will note "AU" in place of a grade reflecting that you audited a course.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • No additional materials required.

Special Non-Degree Student

$ 1650

24% Discount off standard tuition; Student service fees apply.

Best for: Students who desire structured feedback or anticipate enrolling in a future degree program.

Participation: Special Non-Degree Students are fully enrolled students expected to participate in all elements of a course as outlined in the course syllabus.

Credit/Grading: Your Gordon-Conwell transcript will reflect a letter grade, and course credit may be applied toward a future degree program. If you are new to graduate-level coursework and nervous about grading, you may elect to take the course for Pass/Fail. Rather than receive a grade, your transcript will only reflect whether or not you received a passing grade. Degree programs allow a limited number of pass/fail courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • Undergraduate transcript(s).
  • Reference required if undergradute GPA is under 3.0.

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