Details for Christian Thought and Culture
This unit provides the basis for a reflective approach to culture, its analysis and discussion, with regard to Christian perspectives.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: CON500
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Christian Thought and Culture is part of the subject area Christian Ethics and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At completion students should have:
- a contextualising understanding of the ways that Christians across the ages have approached culture, and inculturation;
- a critical understanding of the sources of culture and theories about culture;
- a reflective appreciation of the student’s own position in their culture; the critical ability to form integrations out of engagements between the student’s theological understanding and emerging cultural trends.
- Christianized thinking; thinking ‘Christianly’; and the Christian who thinks: What is ‘Christian thought’?
- Christianity and its neighbours: Flows of thought and Practice
- Models of Culture and inculturation (Boas, Levi-Strauss, Geertz, Niebuhr, Bohanan, etc)
- Materializing the Spirit and the Word: Part I – Models of Christian praxis through the ages; Part II – Images and Forms through the ages; Part III – Interactions in Culture, Economics, and Politics
- ‘The Christian in the world’ – Christian understandings of vocation
- Case studies of Christian thought and Culture; Modes of integration/ incarnation in a post-everything age
Critical review, case study, essay.
- Reading list provided in unit outline
Barber, John. The road from Eden: studies in Christianity and culture, Bethesda, MD: Academica Press, 2008.
Bowes, Kimberly Diane. Private worship, public values, and religious change in late antiquity. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Brown, Delwin, S.G. Davaney, and K. Tanner. Converging on Culture: Theologians in Dialogue with Cultural Analysis and Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Corey, Elizabeth Campbell. Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics and Politics. Columbia, MO.: University of Missouri Press, 2006.
Deardorff II, Donald, and John White. The image of God in the human body: essays on Christianity and sports. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.
Fox, Zeni, and Regina Bechtle. Called and chosen: toward a spirituality for lay leaders. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.
Hall, John R., Mary Jo Neitz, and Marshall Battani. Sociology on Culture. London: Routledge, 2003.
Hankins, Barry. Francis Schaeffer and the shaping of Evangelical America. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2008.