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Winter 2014/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 NW speakers. The class will meet five times during the winter quarter for 3 hours each meeting. TIME COMMITMENT (65 hours): Class time (15 hours), 700 pages of reading (30 hours), four five-page reflection pages (20 hours).

REQUIRED READING: (about 750 pages)

Hunter, James Davison. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0199730803, Pub. Price $27.95 [170 pp. assigned]

Leary, Katherine and Tim Keller. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. Dutton, 2012. ISBN:978-0525952701, Pub. Price $26.95 [260 pp. assigned].

Mouw, Richard. When the Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem. Eerdmans, 2002. ISBN:978-0802839961, Pub. Price $15.00[120 pp.]

Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Baker Books, 2009. ISBN: 978-0801035777, Pub. Price $21.99 [70 pp. assigned]

Yoder, John Howard. Body Politics. Herald Press, 2001. ISBN: 978-0836191608, Pub. Price $14.99 [88 pp.]

Course reader of selected articles

Students will also select ONE of the following books on a specific aspect of culture (topics available include race/ethnicity, art, politics, economics, architecture and urban planning, work, and globalization):

Chaplin, Adrienne, and Hillary Brand. Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts. InterVarsity Press, 2001. ISBN: 978-0830826742, Pub. Price $34.00 [200 pp.]

Koyzis, David. Political Visions and Illusions. InterVarsity Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0830827268, Pub. Price $24.00 [220 pp.]

Goudzwaard, Bob. Capitalism and Progress: A Diagnosis of Western Society. Paternoster, 1997. ISBN: 978-0853647706. (out of print/available used online). [280 pp.]

Jacobsen, Erik. Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith. Brazos Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-1587430572, Pub. Price $22.00 [190 pp.]

Hardy, Lee. The Fabric of this World: Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work. Eerdmans, 1990. ISBN: 978-0802802989, Pub. Price $20.00 [185 pp.]

Goheen, Michael, and Erin Glanville, eds. The Gospel and Globalization. Regent College Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 978-1573834407, Pub. Price $29.95 [selected 220 pp.]

Woodley, Randy. Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity. InterVarsity Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0830832552, Pub. Price $18.00 [218 pp.]


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 [256 pp assigned]

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, 2007. 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 (30%)
  4. Final Presentation (10%)



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.