“Two percent of the people think;
three percent of the people think they think;
and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”
George Bernard Shaw
Why think? Because you know how powerful thoughts are. A thought–a single idea–can redraw the map of the world… and change the destiny of a life.
Ideas matter in ministry. Truth liberates. You want to be part of the two percent that make a difference. Talbot can help.
Engaging Mind & Culture is a Doctor of Ministry track designed to give you the tools you need to engage the minds you minister to and those you would like to. It will give you access to the resources of the world’s largest Christian Philosophy program. This is an opportunity to be mentored by some of the ablest minds in evangelicalism today: J.P. Moreland and Garry DeWeese. Their goal is to help inspire genuine spiritual and intellectual maturity in you and your people.
Year One: Understanding Worldviews & Culture
In the first week you will begin to gain confidence in engaging worldviews in a way that is culturally conversant, theologically informed, and philosophically savvy. We will examine the foundations of the two major worldviews that rival Christianity and shape our culture: naturalism and postmodernism.
During week two, you will learn how to think “Christianly” in the midst of worldview conflict and cultural chaos. Four areas will be examined: 1) crucial notions in metaphysics relevant to preaching, reality, truth, love, life after death, and God himself; 2) key concepts in epistemology, 3) the nature of consciousness and human persons, and 4) important issues in science and religion, reductionism, and the Intelligent Design debate.
Year Two: Engaging Worldviews and Culture
This residency begins by giving you the tools needed to lead in the areas of ethics and politics. You will learn how to help people to think about issues such as abortion,euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, capital punishment, just war theory and homosexuality. We will look at the area of politics: the different views of the Kingdom of God, the church/state relationship, Christian political engagement and social justice.
During the second week we will listen to specific cultural voices–significant books, movies, events and leaders. You will also learn about the nature of the modern secular university, how it developed, why it is so hostile to Christianity, how it impacts your church, and what you can do about it.
Year Three: Reclaiming Worldviews and Culture
In the first week you will develop skills needed to defend your faith and to equip your church for cultural engagement. You will form answers to issues such as the existence of God, pluralism and the exclusivity of Christianity, challenges to the historical Jesus, the problem of evil, and the fairness of hell.
The final week will focus on the practical ministry implications of what you have been studying. You will examine the nature of spiritual formation, how to discern the voice of God, how to foster a healthy, balanced experiential knowledge of God, and how to discern answers to prayer.