Details for Worship in Comparative Religious Contexts

As compelling, engaging and consuming as our local church world is... we don't live in a bubble!  All humans worship.  What does that worship look like for other religions?  What impact does that have on the way we worship?  This unit explores these questions and many more, from our judeo-christian heritage to the comparative worship of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other world religions.  These insights will both challenge the students' preconceptions as well as inspire a critical look at the way in which we worship as Christians.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: WOR215
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Worship in Comparative Religious Contexts

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit provides an overview of Worship and the Arts in Biblical times and throughout Church History.


  1. Explain the variety of Christian worship contexts;
  2. Discover the expressions of the major world religions;
  3. Connect the historic Jewish worship traditions to those of the Christian faith;
  4. Compare various worship expressions from different religions;
  5. Analyse the common features in religious worship expressions.

Subject Content

  1. Overview of expressions of Christian worship
  2. Worship in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism
  3. Comparisons of Christian Worship to World Religions
  4. Traditions of Worship
  5. Influences of Music in Worship
  6. Varieties of Worship in Australia
  7. Influences of Historic Civilisations on Christian Worship

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (25%)
  • Oral Presentation (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided

Representative References