Understanding Major World Religions

In Understanding Major World Religions, study world religions from a Christian perspective and learn to build bridges through interfaith dialogue.

Takes approximately 10 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Faith & Everyday Life and Thinking Theologically

Course Description

As technology makes the world smaller, you may be increasingly aware of the global context in which you live out your faith. Do you feel confident in your knowledge of what other religions believe? How do you represent Christ in conversations with a Buddhist neighbor, a Jewish coworker, or in the comments section of your favorite social media platform? By taking this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the major world religions from a Christian “theology of religions” perspective, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. You’ll study their rich history, primary beliefs, values, practices, and expressions. Additionally, you will learn to communicate with competence and empathy as you gain a better understanding of the hearts and minds of the individuals you interact with on a daily basis. Join Patrick Oden and Samuel Newby on this journey into other faiths.

Meet Your Instructors

Fuller & IFA

Fuller Seminary is an evangelical, multidenominational graduate institution committed to forming global leaders for kingdom vocations. Responding to changes in the church and world, Fuller is transforming the seminary experience for both traditional students and those beyond the classroom: providing theological formation that helps Christ-followers serve as faithful, courageous, innovative, collaborative, and fruitful leaders in all of life, in any setting.

Interfaith America inspires, equips, and connects leaders and institutions to unlock the potential of America’s religious diversity. Founded in 2002 based on the idea that religious differences should serve as a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division, IA works across higher education, racial equity, health, workplace, bridge-building, democracy, and technology.

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