Theology in Civilization
In this complex time of conflict of civilizations and the remaking of world order, the overall objective of this course is to develop the ability to do comprehensive theology work in the context of civilization, with the view of developing a comprehensive theology that will empower churches to address in a fresh and relevant manner core issues of one’s civilization—both engaging the culture in the “great conversation” with the God of the universe and impacting the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:
Develop a basic understanding of the restructuring of civilization in light of the expansion of the gospel to the Global South in the late 20th and early 21st century, with the view of developing serious, global theology expressions relevant to the church of the new millennium.
Gain an understanding of the formation and influencing power of cultural conversations and intellectual change in the context of civilizations as a paradigm for cultural formation and development, with a view of understanding the times and its presenting opportunities for the church of the 21st century.
Identify the great ideas and debates of an emerging civilization or rearticulate those of an existing civilization, with the view of churches identifying the issues that need to be theologically addressed in their church network, so that churches become a powerful force in shaping the theological and cultural conversation.
Develop the ability and agenda for entering the theological conversation of his or her civilization through serious and sustained habits of reflection by churches, through national seminars and courses, with special focus on the media, movies, and the worldwide web (www).
- Develop ideas and accompanying pathways for shaping the conversation of his or her faith community, of the theological community in general, and of the conversation of the civilization at large.