Famed American Protestant theologian H. Richard Niebuhr (1894-1962) wrote a book titled Christ and Culture in 1951 in which he set forth the five attitudes throughout history that Christians have adopted toward culture. This seminal work remains a classic articulation of what Niebuhr calls the “enduring problem” of how the church should relate to the wider culture. This course will analyze and discuss the five different positions that Niebuhr discovers in church history, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses.
ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members
CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: Rev. Dr. Gary Shahinian is the Intentional Interim Pastor of the Federated Church of Charlton. He most recently completed 20 years of service as the Senior Pastor of Park Congregational Church in Worcester. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vrije Universiteit and taught courses at Redeemer College in Ontario, Dordt College in Iowa and Worcester State University.
REQUIRED BOOK: Christ and Culture, H. Richard Niebuhr, Harper & Row. ISBN: 9780061300035
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609