The Biblical Studies department teaches CCU's courses in biblical studies, theology, and public theology
In the biblical studies department, we want students to start thinking about their college life with the question: "What kind of person do I want to be?"
With that in view, the BA in Biblical Studies (and the optional Public Theology track) is for those students who seek to become insightful, critically-minded people who can competently engage the culture around them with a well-developed understanding of the Bible and Christian thought. The academic structure of the degree engages the student in a transformational process of self-awareness in which students discover their place in history and their role in the world today, in order to enable students to become the kind of people who can meaningfully lead in the culture, whether in professional careers or Christian ministry.
We facilitate this transformational process outside of the classroom through the community of "bibs" students and faculty, and inside the classroom by guiding students to encounter and discover the various social, historical, ideological, and theological environments in which the texts of the Bible were written. We teach students how to engage with the Bible in its original languages, apply the principles and methods of biblical interpretation, critically evaluate theological conclusions, present a coherent theology grounded in historical realities, and critically evaluate contemporary culture with a view to engage in a meaningful, redemptive dialogue with the culture.
The Center for Public Theology provides CCU and the broader community with resources to engage a range of problematic issues and ideas operating in our society. A primary objective of the center is to find ways that biblical ideals for human experience might be presented into the public sphere through what we refer to as "redemptive dialogue." We do this by supporting, connecting, and resourcing lay people, ministers, pastors, and other civic leaders, to engage the public space in a biblically informed and culturally relevant manner.