DATES & TIMES
8 Weekly Sessions
U.S Time: Weekly starting Wednesday, August 2 — Wednesday September 20.
8 to 9:30 p.m. ET
5 to 6:30 p.m. PT
Australian Time: Weekly starting Wednesday August 3 — Thursday morning AEDT — September 21, Thursday morning
The question of how Christians should relate to contemporary culture and politics is one of the most important, hotly debated questions facing the church today. With the potential to sow division between believers, our answer to this question also threatens to compromise Christian faithfulness and witness. Thankfully, the Bible offers a great deal of wisdom.
This interactive cohort will explore a richly biblical, nuanced, and constructive way of engaging cultural issues from a biblical point of view. It will introduce and apply tools of cultural critique drawn from biblical texts with the aim of helping Christians to reach beyond our fragmented, sectarian cultural moment in order to confront, console, and complete the modern world’s deepest values and stories.
The distinctive framework for understanding and engaging with modern and contemporary culture in this course uses the whole biblical storyline and seeks to learn from all the key moments of biblical revelation. It takes particular inspiration from Augustine’s City of God, probably the most significant and influential work in the history of Christian cultural and political thought outside the Bible.
Based on Chris’s book Biblical Critical Theory, the sessions take participants on a journey from Genesis to Revelation, digging up precious biblical gold along the way and cumulatively forming a full-orbed biblical engagement with the modern world. It is not enough to explain the Bible to the culture; we must also explain the culture through the Bible.
Those who sign up for this cohort will receive free copies of:
* Physical copies shipped to continental United States. PDF version emailed to registrants outside of continental United States.
* This will be a larger version of the same cohort that sold out the day we launched The Keller Center. We have reduced the price to reflect the difference in class size. The course will still be interactive but questions will be sent to the chat where they are culled and curated by the cohort hosts. We will still try to get to as many of the constellations of questions from this larger but we want to be clear about the size difference and format tweak.
If you have any questions pertaining to signing up for your cohort, email [email protected]
Adopt a stance toward culture and politics that is strong on both biblical faithfulness and also cultural sensitivity.
Find a way of living and speaking that puts Christianity on the front foot in the public square, casting and commending a positive vision for society and culture.
Strengthen and deepen our understanding of the riches for cultural engagement to be found in key biblical passages and in the overarching arc of the Bible’s storyline
August 2 (USA) / August 3 (Australia)
How does God’s nature shape a Christian view of reality? In this session we will think about foundational biblical truths like the creator-creature distinction, absolute personality theism, the Trinity, and the statement “God is love,” applying these themes to modern and contemporary culture. We will also consider the account of creation in Genesis 1-2. (BCT chapters 1-3)
August 9 (USA) / August 10 (Australia)
What is sin, and how does it inform a biblical view of society and politics? This session will introduce biblical multi-lensed anthropology and the asymmetry of good and evil. We’ll consider how the Babel narrative provides insights into contemporary culture. (BCT chapters 4-8)
August 16 (USA) / August 17 (Australia)
Abraham and Moses
This session considers two major biblical themes: covenant and exodus. Both of these themes have far-reaching implications for Christian cultural critique. (BCT chapters 9-11)
August 23 (USA) / August 24 (Australia)
The Prophets and Wisdom Literature
This session considers the remarkable place of prophets in Hebrew society, and their role as the first God-ordained cultural critics. We then explore how the complex biblical wisdom literature orients Christians in the world and provides a platform for cultural insight. (BCT chapters 12-14)
August 30 (USA) / August 31 (Australia)
The Incarnation and Ministry of Jesus
In this session we see how the incarnation disrupts and challenges many assumptions of the modern world, providing Christians with a fresh perspective on contemporary debates. We then think about the central theme of love in Jesus’s ministry, and what it means for the relationship between Christianity and culture today. (BCT chapters 15-17)
September 6 (USA) / September 7 (Australia)
The Cross and Resurrection
As we come to the heart of the Bible’s engagement with modern and contemporary culture we witness how the cross and resurrection provide a rich and often surprising paradigm through which Christians can seek to understand, serve, correct, and heal modern culture. (BCT chapters 18-20)
September 13 (USA) / September 14 (Australia)
The Last Days
The time between Christ’s ascension and return is a complex period for Christians: a time of the already and the not yet, living as exiles in the world but not of it. In this session we will mine some of the rich biblical resources for orienting Christians toward culture in these last days. (BCT chapters 21-24)
September 20 (USA) / September 21 (Australia)
The Last Things
How does the Bible’s account of the final judgment, hell, and heaven help Christians to relate to culture and society in the present? In this session we will consider some of the remarkable cultural critique in Revelation. (BCT chapters 25-28)