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Fall 2013/Seattle




DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to a range of theological understandings of how Christians should understand, connect with, and engage culture. The course will give special attention to the challenges and opportunities for the Christian faith in the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Christian leaders must be able to thoughtfully communicate how the gospel of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed and lived out in their distinct cultural contexts.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the end of the course students will demonstrate (1) an understanding of a range of historical and theological models for Christian engagement with culture; (2) a thoughtful theological hermeneutic of Pacific Northwest culture; (3) a robust articulation of how Christians should engage with Pacific Northwest culture.

COURSE FORMAT: Class time will be devoted to lectures, discussion, and special Northwest speakers. The class will meet five times during the fall quarter for 3 hours each. TIME COMMITMENT (60 hours total): Class time (15 hours), 600 pages of reading (25 hours), four five-page reflection papers (20 hours).

REQUIRED READING: (about 800 pages)

Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling. InterVarsity Press, 2008. ASIN: B009CSQ5DC [100 pp. assigned]

Killen, Patricia O’Connell and Mark Silk editors. Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. AltaMira Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0759106246, Pub. Price $65.00 [120 pp. assigned]

Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Baker Books, 2009. ISBN: 978-0801035777, Pub. Price $21.99 [130 pp. assigned]

Vanhoozer, Kevin, Charles Anderson, and Michael Sleasman. Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. Baker Academic, 2007. ISBN: 978-0801031670, Pub. Price $23.99 [100 pp. assigned]

Course reader of selected articles.


Douglass, Todd, editor. Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia. Ronsdale Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-1553800606, Pub. Price $24.95.

Dyrness, William. Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life. Eerdmans, 2010. ISBN: 978-0802865786, Pub. Price $26.00.

Niebuhr, H. Richard. Christ and Culture. Harper & Row Publishing, 2001. ISBN: 978-0061300035, Pub. Price $15.99.

Stassen, Glen H., D.M. Yeager, John Howard Yoder. Authentic Transformation: A New Vision of Christ and Culture. Abingdon Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0687022731, Pub. Price $28.00.

Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology. Fortress Press, 1997. ISBN: 978-0800630973, Pub. Price $25.00.

Wellman, James K. Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN:978-0195300123, Pub. Price $24.95.


  1. Three five-page reading reflection papers (45%)
  2. One five-page application paper (15%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)



FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes, taken at home.

NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.