FIDES QUAERENS INTELLECTUM - Faith in search of understanding
THINKING THINGS THROUGH...IN A THEOLOGICAL SAFE SPACE
ACT is a non-profit organization based in New York City. We provide a climate of inquiry within a sanctuary of doubt that we call a theological safe-space (TSS) for people of good will to encounter the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 1. Invite Christians to consider the reasons for and the implications of their belief and skeptics to consider what their reasonable objections are. 2. Address the challenges of the sciences and the religious pluralism. What is the role of the sciences in making sense of reality? What is Christianity's relationship to other religions and what can we learn from the wisdom of other faith traditions as we try to understand our own? 3. Promote interdisciplinary research for a transformative renewal of the mind, to make the message of the Christian Bible relevant to the urgent questions of the day. How do the sciences, history, the arts, philosophy and ethics (SHAPE) have influenced our interpretation of the biblical texts as we engage the world of commerce, academia, media, politics and sports (CAMPS). 4. Seek to formulate a Christian worldview by thinking things through, theologically. We engage the pressing concerns in the cultural spheres of influence (CSI) and human inquiry (CSHI). 5. Develop globally relevant and conceptually holistic discipleship teaching programs. Through carefully thought out apologetics, effective evangelism, missions and discipleship can thrive. a. In the sciences, we inquire into their methodologies to distinguish science from scientism and evolution from evolutionism. In history, we teach global, rather than a Eurocentric Christianity. In the arts, rather than their indulgence, we teach their origins, redemptive power, and nexus to worship. In philosophy, we scrutinize the justification of assumptions that buttress arguments for atheism, agnosticism & belief. In ethics, we teach the divine moral command and its implications in every decision we make. b. In biblical theology, we teach a method of interpretation that respectfully engages other religious convictions and inferences of the sciences while remaining faithful to the confessional integrity of the texts. We employ exegesis and hermeneutics to understand the Bible as a trustworthy, divinely inspired writing of fallible humans. c. We reach out to the community of international students and scholars to share how the Gospel has shaped the intellectual cultures of Western civilization to which they have come to learn. International Board of Reference: Rev. Richard Bewes, OBE All Souls Langham Place, London Rev. Timothy Keller Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York Rev. John R. W. Stott, CBE Langham Partnership Pastor Richard C. K. Toh Community Baptist Church, Malaysia
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