Learn About World Religions
We live in an exciting time when people from all over the world are right here in our communities. Religious diversity is no longer about whether you are Baptist or Presbyterian. On one block may live families who are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh or any number of other religions.
Is there any reason to learn what other people believe? Should we not just proclaim the Gospel and expect them to respond?
I often go to Acts 17 and Paul’s visit to Athens. We find that Paul tours Athens, examines temples and altars and even knows enough about their culture to quote their poets. A hundred years later, the early apologists spend much of their time interacting with competing world views. Learning about others is important for apologists.
How should you learn about world religions? There are some good books on world religions. I would suggest that you not only read books from a Christian apologetic perspective. Books from a secular or religious studies view are also helpful, as are books written by followers of the religion. It is also productive to talk to people who belong to the religion as there beliefs may not be accurately described in the text books.
My challenge for you to read a good book on world religions. This will not make you an expert in every or even one religion. But it will give you a basic framework by which you can understand other world views.
Recommend Resource: Neighbouring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions by Winfried Corduan
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