This course examines the prominent worldviews and philosophies of our time, exploring ideas and their social implications. This is not primarily a course about a biblical worldview. The primary objective of the course is to empower Christian leaders to understand the world in which they live and minister by examining major ideological or philosophical trends, such as pluralism, postmodernism, secularism, globalization, feminism, and so on.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Validate your awareness of major ideological or philosophical trends affects your immediate context.
  • Explore and interpret the most prominent or burning socio-political or religious topic from a Christian perspective.
  • Assess the level to which your church/organisation engages in various ideologies or philosophies.
  • Design a programme which fosters communication between groups with opposing ideologies.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: A Descriptive Ideology Analysis of My Community
  • Unit 2: Biblical Evaluation of Those Who Believe Differently
  • Unit 3: The Church and How They Reach Out to Others
  • Unit 4: A Call to Action: Fostering Dialogue and Understanding

Required Reading

Alvares C, Faruqi SS 2011. Decolonizing the University. Pulau Pinang: Penerbit USM. (EBSCOhost)
Bird Y, Michael JC, Gray M 2013. Decolonizing Social Work. Burlington: Routledge. (EBSCOhost)
Crawford N 2002. Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization, and Humanitarian Intervention. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (EBSCOhost)
Creary NM 2012. African Intellectuals and Decolonization. Athens: Ohio University Press. (EBSCOhost)
Diederik A, D’Hooghe B, Note N 2005. Worldviews, Science and Us: Redemarcating Knowledge and its Social and Ethical Implications. Singapore: World Scientific.
Drange LD 2015. What does decolonization mean in Bolivia in relation to the position of religion in the country’s new legislation and the new curriculum?. Mission Studies 32, no. 1: 115-143. (EBSCOhost)
Edmonds B, Diederik A, Gershenson C 2007. Worldviews, Science and Us: Philosophy and Complexity. New Jersey: World Scientific.
Glanzer PL, Alleman NF, Ream TC 2017. Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Glynn H 2017. A Better Story: God, Sex, and Human Flourishing. London: IVP.
Haskin JM 2005. The Tragic State of the Congo: From Decolonization to Dictatorship. New York: Algora Publishing. (EBSCOhost)
Hyun KJ, Chemorion DC (eds.) 2016. The Quest for Gender Equity in Leadership: Biblical Teachings on Gender Equity and Illustrations of Transformation in Africa. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Johnson P 2018. Feminism as Critique in a Neoliberal Age: Debating Nancy Fraser. Critical Horizons 19, no. 1: 1-17. Academic Search Premier.
Kebede M 2004. Africa’s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization. Amsterdam: Brill Academic Publishers. (EBSCOhost)
Komolafe SJ 2013.The Transformation of African Christianity: Development and Change in the Nigerian Church. Cumbria: Langham Monographs.
Kunhiyop SW 2008. African Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Hippo Books (Zondervan).
Lennox J 2015. Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism. Grand Rapids: Monarch Books.
Lin AMY, Martin PW 2005. Decolonization, Globalization: Language-in-Education Policy and Practice. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (EBSCOhost)
Mamdani M 2016. Between the public intellectual and the scholar: decolonization and some post-independence initiatives in African higher education. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 17, no. 1: 68-83. (EBSCOhost)
Moreland JP, Craig WL 2003. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
Nkansah-Obrempong J 2013. Foundations for African Theological Ethics: A Contemporary Rural African Perspective. Cumbria: Langham Monographs.
Olkowski D 2012. Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Ollapally DM, Nau HR. Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia. New York: Oxford University Press.
Omeje K 2015. The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa. Codesria. (EBSCOhost)
Ott C 2015. Globalization and contextualization: reframing the task of contextualization in the twenty-first century. Missiology 43, no. 1: 43-58. (EBSCOhost)
Padilla CR 2014. Globalization and Christian mission. Journal of Latin American Theology 9, no. 2: 17-41. (EBSCOhost)
Peters RT 2012. Feminist critical discourse on globalization, economy, ecology and empire. The Ecumenical Review 64, no. 3: 281-298. (EBSCOhost)
Poplin MS 2014. Is Reality Secular?: Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews. Downers Grove: InterVasity Press.
Pratt A 2015. ‘Out of One, Many—Within One, Many’: Religious Pluralism and Christian Ecumenism in the United States. Perspectives in Religious Studies 42, no. 2: 143-157. (EBSCOhost)
Rambachan A 2006. The Advaita Worldview: God, World, and Humanity. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Reem B, and Kassis M 2016. Decolonization, dignity and development aid: a judicial education experience in Palestine. Third World Quarterly 37, no. 11: 2010- 2027. (EBSCOhost)
Rosner DJ 2012. Conservatism and Crisis: The Anti-Modernist Perspective in Twentieth-Century German Philosophy. Lanham: Lexington Books.
Schmidt-Leukel P 2016. Religious Pluralism in Thirteen Theses. Modern Believing 57, no. 1: 5-18. (EBSCOhost)
Swirsky JM, Angelone DJ 2016. Equality, empowerment, and choice: what does feminism mean to contemporary women?. Journal of Gender Studies 25, no. 4: 445-460. (EBSCOhost)
Terretta M 2017. Anti-Colonial Lawyering, Postwar Human Rights, and Decolonization across Imperial Boundaries in Africa. Canadian Journal of History 52, no. 3: 448-478. (EBSCOhost)
Viegi N 2016. The Economics of Decolonization. Theoria: A Journal of Social & Political Theory 63, no. 147: 61-79. (EBSCOhost)
Ward K 2017. Pluralism and Religious Truth: A Response to Schmidt-Leukel. Modern Believing 58, no. 1: 55-62. (EBSCOhost)
Weber M, Wang Z, Derfer GE 2009. The Roar of Awakening: A Whiteheadian Dialogue Between Western Psychotherapies and Eastern Worldviews. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Weitz R 2016. Feminism, Post-feminism, and Young Women’s Reactions to Lena Dunham’s Girls. Gender Issues 33, no. 3: 218-234. (EBSCOhost)
Wilkens S, Sanford ML 2009. Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
Ydesena C, Myers K 2016. The imperial welfare state? Decolonization, education and professional interventions on immigrant children in Birmingham, 1948- 1971. Paedagogica Historica 52, no. 5: 453-466. (EBSCOhost)
Zacharias R. Vitale V 2017. Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ. New York: FaithWords.