28 Aug One Spirit, Many Tongues: Intercultural Theology and the Challenge of Theology in a Global Church

One Spirit, Many Tongues: Intercultural Theology and the Challenge of Theology in a Global Church

Garrett Evangelical
Completion Time: 5 hours
CEUs: 0.5
Tuition: $50.00
Instructor(s): Dr. Hendrik Pieterse; Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions
Contact Info: Erin Moore

Class Description

Spectacular demographic growth during the twentieth century has catapulted Christianity into a truly global religious movement—present on every continent and lived, spoken, sung, and thought in a dizzying array of languages, contexts, and cultural forms. Not surprisingly, longstanding themes central to Christian identity—gospel and culture, unity in diversity, tradition and innovation, Christian truth and religious pluralism—are confronting questions heretofore dominant, Western-based theological perspectives, methods, and media seem increasingly inadequate to adjudicate. In response, a growing number of scholars are opting for an emerging approach to theology called “intercultural theology,” suggesting it is best able to meet the theological challenges facing a globalizing Christian body. In this lecture, we examine this upstart discipline and evaluate its possibilities and limits as a form of theologizing uniquely fit for a global church.

The Intersection program incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty and guests of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present lectures to the seminary community and public on topics ranging from theology, biblical interpretation, church history, and the church in society. By completing a three-step CEU Lecture Program, individuals can earn 0.5 (half) Continuing Education Units for each lecture and associated activity. This three-step process is as follows:
• Watch the recorded presentation online
• Complete an assigned reading
• Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member


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