STUDY THE BIBLE
- Complete the “God And His Rivals” Bible Study.
LEARN FROM OTHERS
- Read “One Lord and Savior for All?” by Harold Netland (37 pages).
- Read “The Challenge of Preaching to Pluralism” by D. A. Carson (25 pages).
- Read “Jim and Casper Go to Church” by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper (partial book)
- Watch Sikhism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Eastern Orthodox
- Watch “I have a Friend who…Thinks All Religions are the Same.” by Willow Creek (1 hr) (Check out from Mack)
- Call to ask if you can visit a local mosque, temple or shrine and inquire as to the best time. Be sure to explain that you’re a Christian minister in training and that you want to understand Buddhism/Islam/ Hinduism/etc better so that you never accidentally misrepresent it.
- Have a conversation with a follower of one of the other religions about their view of Christianity.
PASS IT ON
- Ask one of the ministry’s student leaders if they think devout practitioners of whichever group you studied go to hell.
- After completing all of these tasks, have a final conversation with your coach about Christianity and other religions.
FURTHER STUDY (not required)
- Read “How To Read False Religious Texts” by Glen Davis (1 page)
- Choose Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam and read the corresponding chapter in The World’s Religions by Huston Smith. This book is by a non-Christian scholar of religion, and is an excellent guide to the great religions of the world.
- Read a holy book corresponding to the faith you chose above.
- Islam – The Koran
- Buddhism – The Dhammapada
- Hinduism – The Bhagavad-Gita (NOTE: this is not “The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is” – that’s a different book altogether)
- Read Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper
- Read “Why I Am Not An Environmentalist: The Science of Economics Versus the Religion of Ecology” by Stephen Landsburg