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What to expect:

This course introduces the student to pivotal Christian doctrines as a framework within which to evaluate the working intellectual assumptions of contemporary culture. In addition to investigating several models for Christian engagement with culture, the course encourages the positive formation of a biblically informed worldview as a foundation for creative interaction with contemporary thought and cultures. By the completion of the course, you will:

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the crucial significance of certain central doctrines of the Christian faith for life and thought.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the historical development of doctrine in the early years of the church and its significance in contemporary culture.

  • Develop a method for moving from Christian theology to cultural engagement.

  • Gain a sense of the cultural milieu of society as related to secularization, postmodernism and religious pluralism and of how Christian theology helps to engage the milieu.

  • Develop the intellectual habits and intellectual virtues corresponding with Christian thought

What's inside the course:

  • 1

    Welcome to Culture and Theology

    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • How to use this course

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Before we begin...

  • 2


    • Understanding Worldview, Religion, and Culture

    • Understanding the Global Cultural Milieu

    • Understanding Post-Christendom

  • 3


    • Doing Theology

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Framework for Theology

    • Missio Dei as a Hermeneutical Key

    • Theology Proper

  • 4


    • The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith

    • Ontological and Functional Christology

  • 5


    • The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

  • 6

    Theological Anthropology

    • Theological Anthropology

    • Essential Nature of Humanity

    • Perspectives on the Creation of Humanity

  • 7


    • The Inception of the New Testament Church

    • The Nature of the Church

    • Being the Church

    • Historical Development of Ministry in the Church

  • 8


    • Missiological Theology: Pulling it All Together

    • Historical Approaches to Cultural Engagement

    • A Brief History of Christian Engagement of Cultural

    • Being Christian in the Age of Pluralism

    • Christian Responsibility

    • Developing a New Testament Framework for Cultural Engagement

  • 9

    What's Next?

    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

    • Want to go further? Here's what's next.

  • 10

    Final Reflections

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Review

    • Research Project


Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

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