Seminary adds ‘cultural engagement’ to focus

Monday, December 17, 2012
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Dallas Theological Seminary wants its students and the public at large to be able to address social issues - and that's why the school's Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership has added a division for "cultural engagement."

The Center has been expanded and renamed the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership & Cultural Engagement. Dr. Darrell Bock, who will be the new division's executive director, says the purpose is to show how theology is very relevant to life and to show how God and culture intersect in a variety of areas.


"We've taken on topics about culture engagement in general," he explains to OneNewsNow. "We'll talk about world religions, we'll talk about certain key theological issues, we'll talk about family issues, we'll talk about how to think about work, issues of sexuality. I mean it really does run a wide gamut of topics that we'll be pursuing."

And DTS is not reserving it for just its students, he adds.

"It is part of what we're wrapping around the curriculum to help our students, but really it's designed to be [a source of] resources that churches and Sunday school classes can use, that laymen can listen to or watch on their computer," he says. "You can subscribe through iTunes."

According to Bock, individuals interested in those resources can subscribe through iTunes or visit the seminary's website. The first resource, available in podcast form, addresses the hot-button issue of homosexuality and is now available on the site.

Dallas Theological Seminary is hopeful the end result will be people who are better equipped to engage the culture to reflect their faith in a culture that in some ways is becoming more difficult to engage.

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