Course Description

Despite living in multi-religious societies, many Asian Christians only have a superficial understanding of the religious beliefs of their neighbours and the role of religion in their lives. Thus, Christian engagement with their religious neighbours tends to be either non-existent on one hand, or heavy handed and aggressive on the other. “No task in missiology is more controversial and crucial than encountering world religions” (Gerhad Anderson).

This course is an introduction to Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism as well as missiological reflections of religions, and engaging with them in Asian contexts. Parts of this course will be carried out as seminars, where students will research and present, and the class meets for discussion.

  • Location

    Online via Zoom

  • Dates

    Jul: 21
    Aug: 11, 18
    Sep: 8, 15, 22
    Oct: 13, 22

  • Time



Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok

Lecturer in Missiology and Integrative Studies

Dr Kwa Kiem-Kiok is BGST’s Registrar and Lecturer in Missiology and Integrative Studies. She brings her legal and theological training, and experience from the marketplace, church, and para-church organizations into this role. Previously, a Lecturer and Registrar at the East Asia School of Theology, she taught a variety of courses in inter-cultural studies there. She has published on a diverse range of subject including a contextual commentary on Matthew (ATA, 2017). She contributed to the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2011), and on religious harmony in Faith in an Age of Terror (BGST, 2018). She recently co-edited Missions in Southeast Asia (ATA, Langham, 2022). She and her husband, a Methodist pastor, enjoy walking in the outdoors.

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Introduction, (face to face)

    • Understanding Other Religions

    • Introduction

    • updated syllabus

  • 3

    Evangelism and missions

    • Religious Partnerships

  • 4

    Assignment Submission

    • Course Evaluation Form

    • Research Project

    • Summary of interview