What to expect:

Faith and Culture introduces you to historical Christian doctrines as a framework within which to evaluate the working academic and social 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 end 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 the intellectual habits and practical virtues corresponding to our Christian faith.

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What's inside the course:

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    • What to expect in this session

    • Our Boundaries

    • Doing Theology in Community

    • Excursus - Why Words are Important

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    • What to expect in this session

    • Worldview: Understanding a Concept

    • Is there a biblical worldview?

    • Depolarizing?

    • Discussion

    • Toward a Biblically Informed Worldview

    • The Changing American Worldview

    • Fragmentation of Western Society

    • Excursus - Views of Five World Religions

    • Discussion

  4. 4
    • What to expect in this session

    • The Apostles Creed

    • What Unites Us

    • Our Theological Goal

    • Interpretative Methods

    • The Reliability of the Sources

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    • What to expect in this session

    • The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith

    • Ontological and Functional Christology

    • Excursus on Atonement Theories

    • Christological Heresies

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    • What to expect in this session

    • The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

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    • What to expect in this session

    • Human Responsibility

    • Theological Anthropology

    • Essential Nature of Humanity

    • Perspectives on the Creation of Humanity

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    • What to expect in this session

    • Critical Reflections on the North American Church

    • Discussion

    • The Inception of the New Testament Church

    • The Nature of the Church

    • Being the Church

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    • What to expect in this session

    • Historical Approaches to Cultural Engagement

    • Christ and Culture

    • Being Christian in the Age of Pluralism

    • Christian Responsibility

    • Developing a New Testament Framework for Cultural Engagement

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    • What to expect in this session

    • Josh Packard and the Spirituality of Generation Z

    • Understanding Critical Social Theories

    • Critical Theory and Critical Legal Studies

    • Critical Race Theory

    • Issues with Critical Social Theories

    • Racism

    • The Same Sex Controversy

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    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

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

Social Injustice, Volume I

Free PDF or MOBI e-book when you purchase the course!

Written by leading evangelical scholars, Social Injustice: What Evangelicals Need to Know about the World explores the Christian heritage of social justice from biblical, historical, and missiological perspectives. The ten chapters will challenge Christians to consider their role in stepping into social justice issues from a distinctly evangelical position. The topic is of considerable importance to the ongoing mission of God in the world. With increasing numbers of millennials and Gen Zs focused on their contribution to global change, Social Injustice provides a solid theological foundation for engaging some of the most important social issues of our day.

Meet Dr. Michael Cooper

Michael has helped pastors, missionaries, teachers, parents, as well as bio-ethicists, medical doctors, nurses, and business people wrestle through Christian engagement of significant cultural issues in medicine, education, business, and society.

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.

Are you ready to change your world?

It's not simply about what you know in your head, but what you believe in heart and do with your hands so that you are motivated and equipped to lead movements.