Throughout Scripture, believers are called to discern the times. This involves understanding global movements, and how they have shaped worldviews within and beyond the church. From the late twentieth century, three movements have fundamentally shaped contemporary culture – postmodernism, feminism, social justice.
In this course, we examine the historical emergence of these movements and influential concepts such as post-truth, intersectionality, gender performativity alongside some of the key tensions that have emerged such as gender versus sexuality, equity versus equality, rights versus virtues based approaches to justice, among others.
In particular, we discuss how Christian scholars have critiqued as well as engaged with postmodern, feminist and social justice concepts. We consider how Christians can respond when these concepts conflict with Christian values and the opportunities these concepts may have in informing biblical interpretation, the role of women in the church, and the church’s role in effecting transformative changes in the world.