Preface -- By: Bruce A. Little
FM 24:4 (2008) p. 2
This issue of Faith and Mission is dedicated to the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture which was established in 2006 by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Center places itself at the intersection of theology and culture for the purposes of assuming a responsible role as a redemptive voice to all aspects of culture and as an example of a redeemed community. It seeks to convey and apply the Christian worldview to understanding culture while encouraging and supporting the Church of Jesus Christ. The Center’s aim is to be theological in nature, cultural in awareness, redemptive in orientation, and charitable in disposition.
Since its inception, part of the Center’s activity has been to bring prominent Christian thinkers and theologians to the campus of Southeastern to address the faculty and student body. Each address seeks to critique a cultural issue facing the Church from a theological perspective in order to give a clearer understanding of the issue and to enhance the work of the Church in meeting those challenges. Some of those speakers are featured in this issue and between them there are six articles. The articles have been transcribed from the actual addresses given and the tone and style of the articles reflect this fact. We are grateful for their willingness to give permission to print their addresses in this issue of Faith and Mission.
The first address was given by John Warwick Montgomery on November 14, 2006. Montgomery (LL.M., Cardiff, Ph.D., Chicago, D.Theol., Strasbourg, D.U.J., Institute for Religion and Law, Moscow) is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia and Director of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He is the author of more than fifty books and is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in France, the European Biographical Directory, Who’s Who in the World, and Contemporary Authors. He obtained acquittals for the Athens 3’ missionaries on charges of proselytism at the Greek Court of Appeals in 1986 and won the leading religious liberty cases of Larissis v. Greece and Bessarabian Orthodox Church v. Moldova before the European Court of Human Rights. Montgomery is considered by many to be the foremost living apologist for biblical Christianity.
The second and third lectures were delivered by E. David Cook on November 8 and 9, 2006 respectively. Dr. Cook serves as a Fellow at Green College, Oxford University and as the first Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College. He is formerly the Director of the Whitefield Institute at Oxford and Chaplain at Green College. He holds a B.A. (su...
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