Church and Society - ETH6000

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Professor

James PerkinsonProfessor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

The foundational course in the ETS curriculum. It will provide you with an analysis of the
church in relationship to the world, including the following:

• Biblical-theological perspectives on community and mission

• Critical historical topologies of the relationship between Christ and culture and models of
the church

• An in-depth focus on the issues of the church in contemporary North America in
relationship to issues of economic justice, racism, patriarchy and the environment.

Throughout the course the problem and possibility of ecclesial “integrity” will be continuously
questioned: how to “become” the church on a journey of transformation that is simultaneously
contemplative, communal and accountable to broader social struggles. Each of these levels of
concern serves as tests for the other. You will also examine the local church as a community of
faithful witness and merciful work as it strives to nurture worship and wisdom and sagacity in
dealing with personal weaknesses and interpersonal conflict.