That our culture is in trouble seems clear. But what exactly is the solution to the chaos of today's world? Can a biblical worldview help to explain what has happened, or even offer a corrective? What have been the positive effects of a biblical worldview in the past? Can a return to that perspective offer solutions to the trouble that many plainly sense? These are important questions that many have been asking.
In 2019, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast was themed, “How Has the Bible Positively Shaped Society?” The task of answering the question was assigned to Historical Faith Society Scholar in Residence and Brookes Bible College Professor, Dr. R. Brian Rickett. His original talk gave an outline of the Judeo-Christian worldview with examples of how that worldview has led to the advance of science, individualism, freedom, and progress in the West. It was also illustrated with manuscripts, scrolls, and facsimiles representing the various stages of the Bible from the early Christian era through the advent of the printing press.
That talk has now been expanded into an interactive 15 week course offered to members of The Historical Faith Society (and others). The goal of the course is to help thinkers deepen their understanding of the Christian worldview and how it is able to profoundly engage the most pressing worldview issues of the day.
Sample questions that will be answered include: “What are the unique characteristics of a Judeo-Christian worldview that have allowed for science, individualism, freedom, and progress in the West?” and “Why is the world so broken, and what is the explanation for that brokenness?” Even more, “What is the solution?” Additionally, cutting edge topics will be engaged, including: “How does a biblical worldview provide a basis for the value of human life?” and “What is it’s response to racism?” Additional issues include: “What about environmentalism?” and more generally, “How does the Bible offer guidance for emerging questions and issues of the day?”
The course will be co-sponsored by The Historical Faith Society and The Brookes Bible College of St. Louis, Missouri and offered at no cost to participants. College credit will be available to qualifying students who register with the Brookes academic office.
About the Professor: In addition to serving as Scholar in Residence at the Historical Faith Society, Brian Rickett is also Professor of Bible and Apologetics at BBC, and Principal Researcher at The MIKRA Research Laboratory. He has taught biblical and theological research languages since 1998, researches and exhibits textual artifacts for the MIKRA Research Laboratory, and has a doctorate in Christian Worldview and Cultural Engagement.
Instructor: Dr. R. Brian Rickett.
Format: Online course facilitated with the Zoom conferencing tool.
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm CT, Starting July 8, 2021.
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2021 5:00 pm CT (while space is available; seating is limited).
Cost: $0 to Historical Faith Society members (Brookes Bible College is sponsoring the cost of participation in partnership with the HFS; to join the society, go here.).*
Expectation: Students are expected to attend weekly online classes. There will be regular homework assignments as well as weekly written and oral quizzes to facilitate progress, but as appropriate to the platform.
Note: Registrants will receive a course syllabus and book reading list once registration is complete.
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*Students taking the class for credit must pay standard tuition cost.