Religions of America

  • Credits: 2
  • Course Code: THEO 204

A study of the distinctive doctrines and practices of the major sects and cults started in America.

A special emphasis is on strategies for effectively sharing truth with the cultist.


No Monthly


Week 1 : Introduction

  • Week One Preview
  • Forum: Get to Know Your Classmates
  • Lecture Handout
  • Introduction
  • Cults and the Occult
  • Fast Facts Reading Report
  • Rhodes Reading Report

Week 2 : Deity of Christ

  • Week Two Preview
  • Marks of a Cult
  • Lecture Handout
  • Deity, Doctrine, and Salvation
  • Deity of Christ
  • Discussion of Marks of a Cult, Beliefs of Christianity
  • Quiz 1: Introduction

Week 3 : Jehovah’s Witness

  • Week Three Preview
  • Jehovah’s Witness History
  • Responding to Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Fast Facts Reading Report
  • Rhodes Reading Report
  • Forum: Fast Facts Theology
  • Websites: Jehovah’s Witness
  • Reminder: Essay 1 Due Next Week

Week 4 : Jehovah’s Witness

  • Week Four Preview
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses Theology
  • Ex-JW Guest
  • Rhodes Reading Report
  • Quiz 2: JWs
  • Essay 1
  • Reminder: Interview Due Next Week

Week 5 : Mormons

  • Week Five Preview
  • Book of Mormon
  • Mormon Guest
  • Mormon History and Theology
  • Fast Facts Reading Report
  • Rhodes Reading Report
  • Spirit of Truth Reading
  • Websites: Mormons
  • Quiz 3: Mormons
  • Interview Assignment

Courses consist of 12 units over a 16-week period. The above is only a sample.

There are no prerequisites for Religions of America.

Fast Facts on False Teachings

Carlson, Decker | ISBN 0736912142

Buy the book.

In brief chapters, the authors cover several topics and give many interesting facts and helpful insights concerning the “kingdom” of the cults.

A very readable volume.

World Religions and Cults, Vol 1: Counterfeits of Christianity

Hodge, Patterson | ISBN 9780890519035

Buy the book.

This brand-new book gives an up-to-date look at the many popular cults and religions in the world today.

It will help the reader understand the beliefs and practices of these false religions and to be able to share the gospel with their adherents.

20% — Reading
21% — Essays/Sunday School lesson
35% — Tests/Quizzes
7% — Interview
7% — Internet Activities
10% — Participation

Dr. Mark Bird


  • BRE in Education, Union Bible College
  • MS in Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College
  • MA in Theology, Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • DMin in Theology and Apologetics, Grace Theological Seminary

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