Navigate Pluralism




  • 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.


  • 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

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