Source: The Baptist Standard
On September 3, 2004 The Baptist Standard reported, "few people would be surprised to see a Christian worldview permeate the academic experience at a school like Wayland Baptist University. But many may be surprised to know that Islam, Buddhism and other religions have a presence, too. They're front and center in Jay Givens' world religions class at Wayland's campus in Lubbock... The course is offered as a religion and philosophy elective. It has attracted both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of religious backgrounds. The course covers the major world religions--Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism--as well as some smaller groups like Baha'i, Jainism and some Native American religions.The class also has introduced students to forms of Christianity that are less familiar in the Western world, including the Mar Thoma church and the Coptic Orthodox church."