As Christian communities we do not need to be fearful of our young people learning about other world religions. Given the multicultural landscape our young people are growing up in, it is in fact helpful for our young people’s Christian faith to learn about their neighbours.
“But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to articulate a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
Here are a few different options for you.
Christian Studies World Religions
Written by Dr Jennifer Macleod of McGlashan College, Dunedin. This curriculum is NCEA Achievement Standard: Religious studies 2.4. It explores what religion is and differing perspectives on it. It also covers the major world religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Loving Our Muslim Neighbours
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota have put together a great little resource to help learn the basic tenets of Islam
Self Learning Resources
BBC World Religions
This is a good website for finding out about each religion it is not overly detailed, so it is a good place to start!
And it includes a really interesting Open Letter and Call from Muslim Religious Leaders
This is another good introductory website.
CrashCourse Youtube Channel
John Green has a series of great educational videos, including some religious understanding in the World History Section.