While atheism has never died, it’s definitely received a second wind thanks to best-selling authors Richard Dawkins (“The God Delusion”) and Christopher Hitchens (“God is Not Great”). But the new atheism stretches beyond a condemnation of belief in God; it abhors respect for belief in God. How do Christ-followers respond to the criticisms and ideology of atheism? Dr. Chad Meister, author of “Building Belief” (Baker, ISBN # 0-8010-6569-0), offers reasoned and grace-filled answers.
The goals for the Department are as follows:
- Develop a style of service and ministry which cares for the full range of human needs.
- Be equipped for immediate ministry vocations in churches, para-church organization, etc., by balancing biblical and theological education with the practical skills necessary for ministry.
- Have the necessary foundation on which to pursue theological education at the graduate level.
- Develop skills in interpersonal relationships which reflect biblical values.
- Learn how to study the Bible and to relate its message to today’s world.
- Be acquainted with the major philosophies and religious systems of the world.
- Be especially prepared for ministry within the Missionary Church or the student’s own denomination, with an awareness of the Body of Christ.