The Missionary Encounter with World Religions

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Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 41 Min.Time Required: 33 Hours MinimumCourse Code: WM504

Nothing demonstrates the pluralism of our world better than religion. Christians must be able to respond to the myriad of religious systems that permeate society. This course develops a biblical theology of religions by studying current models and approaches. Using major religious systems as examples, the lectures sketch five characteristics of all religions. Students will learn the major concepts in religious encounter, including the concept of elentics, various definitions of “religion,” and the five magnetic points of religions. The course culminates with practical suggestions for approaching world religions evangelistically.

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This course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.


  1. Appreciate the need for skill in encountering world religions.
  2. Understand major concepts in religious encounter.
  3. Evaluate contemporary models of religious encounter.
  4. Develop a biblical theology of religions.
  5. Associate significant persons with their models of religious encounter.
  6. Analyze religions according to their five magnetic points.
Harvie M. Conn, LittD (1933-1990)
  • Geneva College, LittD
  • Westminster Theological Seminary, BD and ThM
  • Calvin College, BA

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