Course Overview

Particular lessons explore the basics of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Sikhism, and Taoism. If you want to know how to be a better Christian witness, or if you’re just curious about what the rest of the world believes, this is your starting place!
Course Overview

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World Religions: A Snapshot comprises 24 short, easy-to-watch video segments so you can study at your own pace.

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Topics covered in this course:

Different groups of people have different objections to Catholicism. But what if the person you’re speaking to believes in a non-Christian religion? In this course, Joe Heschmeyer tackles that question, looking at the biblical view of other religions to answer questions such as:

  • Why care what other religions teach?

  • How should a Christian view other world religions?

  • How do we know that Christianity is uniquely true? What distinguishes it from the other religions of the world?

  • What’s the difference between faith and religion?

  • What should you do if you know nothing about the other person’s religion?

  • What, if anything, can we learn from other religions?

  • Perhaps most importantly, what are some good icebreaker questions to help you find out more about where the other person is coming from and what he believes?

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Why should Catholics care what other religions teach? Catholic Answers apologist Joe Heschmeyer explains. 


Course curriculum

  • 1
    World Religions: A Snapshot
    • World Religions: A Snapshot - Introduction FREE PREVIEW
    • World Religions Study Guide
    • Lesson 1: Why Care What Other Religions Teach?
    • Quiz: Why Care What Other Religions Teach? FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson 2: How Should a Christian Approach Other Religions?
    • Quiz: How Should a Christian Approach Other Religions?
    • Lesson 3: What is a “Religion,” Anyway?
    • Quiz: What is a “Religion,” Anyway?
    • Lesson 4: Faith and Religion – Faith
    • Quiz: Faith and Religion—Faith
    • Lesson 5: Faith and Religion – Religion
    • Quiz: Faith and Religion—Religion
    • Lesson 6: Do All Religions Teach the Same Thing
    • Quiz: Do All Religions Teach the Same Thing?
    • Lesson 7: God, the Gods, and New Atheism
    • Quiz: God, the Gods, and New Atheism
    • Lesson 8: The Polytheism Problem
    • Quiz: The Polytheism Problem
    • Lesson 9: Do Other Religions Worship the Same God?
    • Quiz: Do Other Religions Worship the Same God?
    • Lesson 10: The Witnesses
    • Quiz: The Witnesses
    • Lesson 11: The First Witness - Natural Law
    • Quiz: The First Witness: Natural Law
    • Lesson 12: The Second Witness - Conscience
    • Quiz: The Second Witness: Conscience
    • Lesson 13: The Third Witness - Creation
    • Quiz: The Third Witness: Creation
    • Lesson 14: The Fourth Witness - The Heart
    • Quiz: The Fourth Witness: The Heart
    • Lesson 15: The Biblical View of Paganism
    • Quiz: The Biblical View of Paganism
    • Lesson 16: What You Should Know About Hinduism
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Hinduism
    • Lesson 17: What You Should Know About Buddha
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Buddha
    • Lesson 18: What You Should Know About Buddhism
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Buddhism
    • Lesson 19: What You Should Know About Taoism
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Taoism
    • Lesson 20: What You Should Know About Sikhism
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Sikhism
    • Lesson 21: What You Should Know About Judaism
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Judaism
    • Lesson 22: What You Should Know About Islam
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Islam
    • Lesson 23: What You Should Know About Joseph Smith (and More)
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Joseph Smith (and More)
    • Lesson 24: What You Should Know About Mormonism
    • Quiz: What You Should Know About Mormonism

Meet your Instructor

  • Joe  Heschmeyer

    Instructor

    Joe Heschmeyer

    Joe Heschmeyer is a staff apologist with Catholic Answers. He’s the author of three books: Who Am I, Lord? Finding Your Identity in Christ, Pope Peter: Defending the Church’s Most Distinctive Doctrine in a Time of Crisis, and A Man Named Joseph: Guardian for Our Times. He blogs at ShamelessPopery.com. Previously, he was a litigator in Washington, D.C., and a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City. He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and children.