Contemporary World

If we are to communicate the gospel effectively to our generation, we need to understand two things – the gospel message and the people whom we are trying to reach. The aim of this part of the course is to help students to think about the attitudes and assumptions of those to whom they will minister.

Ideas about truth, the place of religion in society, sexual mores and ethics have undergone deep shifts in thinking in the minds of many. Secular humanists have become much more aggressive in their opposition to the gospel. Feminist thinking is firmly embedded in society. The relativism of a postmodern multiculturalism permeates people’s assumptions about religion.

This part of the course is designed to help students examine these trends in society, in order to be better equipped to meet the challenges that they represent in gospel proclamation and pastoral ministry in our day.

The course is made up of three parts:

  • patterns of Western thought, examining prevailing attitudes and assumptions in the Western world about the big issues of life and exploring how to bring to bear the gospel message on a largely secular society
  • ethics, examining the principles underpinning ethical systems and studying ethical issues of particular importance today
  • Christendom, examining the principal denominations and movements of the Christian church, in its broadest sense, to understand the beliefs, attitudes, issues and practices which evangelicals may encounter in the course of pastoral ministry.