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Monday, September 9, 2013

Nancy Pearcey Offers University Faculty In-Service Training on Christian Worldview

By Nancy Pearcey • September 9, 2013, 10:54 AM

It was an honor to deliver the annual faculty in-service training at Southern Adventist University (SAU) a couple of weeks ago. I started with a presentation on making the "Case for Christianity Across the Curriculum" to explore how to incorporate verifiable Biblical truth and apologetics into the subject matter of every discipline on campus.

I followed up with "Speaking Truth to a Secular Age," giving concrete examples on how to "translate" reality-oriented Biblical principles from religious jargon into the language of today’s secularized world, and to do so without compromise. Most students at Christian colleges will go to work in the public sphere, and they need learn how to speak authentically and persuasively from a factual Biblical perspective into the challenges that beset their chosen fields of work.

My final presentation focused on what to expect from incoming students -- what worldview is most common among young people today? -- and how to "Give Students a Biblical Playbook."

In addition, I was invited to a luncheon with the university's Faith-Science Discussion Group. Many of the faculty had read my book The Soul of Science and were eager to discuss it.

In preparation for my visit, SAU ordered copies of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity for the entire faculty, including part-time and adjunct faculty. It was clear that faculty members were well prepared for the in-service training. Their questions and comments were well informed, and the interaction was both intellectually and personally inspiring.

Dr. Greg King, dean of the School of Religion and professor of Biblical Studies at SAU, wrote afterward, "You did a superb job highlighting the significance of a Christian worldview and helping us see how to apply that worldview to some important topics. Your time here was both an inspiration and a blessing to the faculty and to me personally."

Southern Adventist is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 as one of the best regional colleges in the south. Peruse its lovely campus here.