World Religions/Comparative Denominations

Contact info: Mrs Brittany Mathews - 816.241.5478 - [email protected]

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to Comparative Religions. With your cooperation we will work together to provide the best possible learning environment in which the student is successful.


This two semester course will briefly examine several major world religions as well as evangelical denominations that emerged from the Protestant movement.  The majority of the course will deal with training an effective response to the various cults of Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism in its various forms including the New Age Movement. We will discuss other major world religions as well as their practices, traditions, and beliefs.This is basically a training course in which students will learn to apply their knowledge of Biblically based Christian doctrine in a response to the teachings of Christian cults and non-Christian world religions.

Semester 1 - World Religions & Practices

World Religions Syllabus

Christianity - 
- Click here to watch "What is Christianity"
Christianity PPT
- Christian View of Suicide, Abortion, Substance Abuse, Marriage and Divorce, Scripture, and Beliefs
- Suicide 
- Abortion
- Substance Abuse
- Mental Health
- Review
- Test

Islam - 
- Click here to watch "Inside Islam"
- Read "How to respond to Muslims" by CPH

- Notes
- Group Project - Five Pillars of Islam Visual Representation
- Compare and Contrast - Places of worship (Church & Mosque)
Virtual Mosque Tour
Other Virtual Mosque Tours
- Articles on Islam

- Click here to watch Al Fadi's "From Law to Grace" - a jihadi muslim converts to Christianity
- Response to Islam

- Review
- Test

Buddhism -

- Click here to watch "The Life of Buddha"
- Review
- Guided Meditation 1
- Guided Meditation 2

- Test

World Practices - 
Student led group reports:

1.     Psychics (Crystal Balls, Palm Reading, Tarot Cards) - Martin, Billy, & Addyson

2.     Transcendental Meditation - Peter, Arie, Amanda

3.     Zoroastrianism (Iran) - Alyssa, Will, Sasha

4.     Reading Tea Leaves/Tasseography - Canady, Tess, Giancarlo

5.     Wicca - Lander, Hannah, David

6.     Greek and Roman gods and goddesses - Nathnael, Kevin, Nataly

7.     Channeling (Clairvoyance and levitation) - Juan, Ellie, Liam

8.     Shinto (Japan) - Luke, Justin, Eve

9.     Shamans (Medicine men and women) - Gabby, Caiden, Rebeca

10.    Horoscopes (Astrology and zodiac signs) - Lizzie, Javier, Kaela

- Presentations
- Review
- Test

Judaism - 
- Student led stations
- Review
- Test

Hinduism - 
Creation According Hindus
- Hindu Holiday - Diwali
- Field Trip to the Hindu Temple
- Review
- Test

Review for Final

Semester 2 - Cults & Comparative Denominations

Cults - 
Group Presentations on assigned Cults 
Cults Group Report Requirements
Jehovah's Witnesses - 
Movie: A Look At Jehovah Witness'
Jehovah's Witnesses Notes:
Jehovah Witness

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)- 
God Makers 1 &2
- LDS/Christianity Worksheet Link

Christian Denominations - 
Presentations on the assigned Christian Denominations
Christian Science
Salvation Army

Personal Faith Unit and Wrap Up

Final Review Passed Out
Final Review in class
Final Exam