Introduction to Cultural Engagement – RLGN 210

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course equips students with a foundational understanding of the field of cultural engagement. Particular attention is given to the contemporary systems of cultural engagement and the historical roots of those systems. 

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Learning to engage culture well is profoundly important for modern Christian leaders. Churches and para-church ministries need to have a robust understanding of culture and how the church can best relate to it. In order to understand culture from a truly Christian worldview, a student should study how the church has historicall engaged the world and what the Bible has to say about the nature of culture. This course equips students with the foundational knowledge to understand the primary trends and schools of thought within Christian cultural engagement. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the strengths and weaknesses in different approaches to cultural engagement. 
  2. Analyze the biblical and theological foundations of cultural engagement.
  3. Identify key influences on the development of modern approaches to cultural engagement. 
  4. Learn how to categorize the goals and effects of cultural engagement theories that are influential in the modern world. 

Course Assignment


After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.

Modules 1-7 of the course each contain a quiz based upon the content from that week’s reading in Keller or Crouch. Each quiz contains 20 multiple-choice or true/false questions. There is no limit to how many times the student can take a quiz (MLOs: A, B, C, D). 

  • Module 1: Week 1: The Gospel and Culture Project: Church Assignment
  • Module 2: Week 2: The Gospel and Culture Project: Gospel Implications Assignment
  • Module 3: Week 3:  he Gospel and Culture Project: The Personal and Communal Gospel Assignment
  • Module 4: Week 4: The Gospel and Culture Project: Contextualization Assignment
  • Module 5: Week 5: The Gospel and Culture Project: Engagement Motivation Assignment
  • Module 6: Week 6: The Gospel and Culture Project: Model Critique Assignment
  • Module 7: Week 7: The Gospel and Culture Project: Model Selection Assignment

(MLOs: A, B, C, D)

This cumulative project will combine all seven of the project pieces that the student has developed throughout the course with an introduction and conclusion for the project. A key aspect of this project will be incorporating the instructor’s feedback.

(MLOs: A, B, C, D)

This cumulative quiz will cover all of the reading material assigned within the course. Students can reference their textbooks and notes during this quiz, but they cannot take this quiz more than once. 

(MLOs: A, B, C, D)