Christian Faith and Practice in a (Post) Modern World (2014)

Speaker(s): Craig Gay
Date: Winter 2014
Length: 19h18min
Product ID: RGDL4405S

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While faith in Jesus Christ has never come easily, there are certain features of modern - and now purportedly "postmodern" - societies that seem to make Christian faith and discipleship particularly perplexing. These features are commonly discussed under the heading of "secularization," a term which points to the fact that traditional Christian understanding and institutions have grown progressively less influential within contemporary society and culture. By drawing on the insights of a number of prominent social thinkers, this course aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the processes of modernization and secularization, their impact upon Christian theology, and their impact upon (post)modern discipleship. Lectures include:

  • Introduction: Some Initial Definitions: "Modernity," 'Modernism,' "Postmodernity,' and 'Postmodernism.'
  • An Introduction to the "Sociological Imagination"
  • "Traditional Society" & the Development of Modernity
  • Crucial Ideas that Animate the Modern Project
  • Modern Institutions #1: Liberal Democracy
  • Modern Institutions #2: Science & Technology
  • Modern Institutions #3: The Market Economy
  • Modern Consciousness #1: Rationalization
  • Modern Consciousness #2: Pluralization & Subjectivization
  • The Secularization and Modern Theology
  • Secularization & Contemporary Christian Discipleship
  • Living In but not Of the (post)Modern World

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Craig Gay is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Regent College. He also serves as the editor for Crux, a quarterly journal of Christian thought and opinion published by faculty and alumni of Regent College. He is author of Dialogue, Catalogue and Monologue, Cash Values: The Value of Money the Nature of Worth, The Way of the (Modern) World, and With Liberty and Justice for Whom?. He has been published in Christian Scholar's Review, American Journal of Sociology, Crux, and Markets & Morality, and he is the co-editor (with C. Peter Molloy) of The Way of Truth in the Present Age.

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