Why Choose the Christian Studies Department at Eastern?
Students studying in the Christian Studies Department are afforded the opportunity to collaborate with faculty that have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Several haveÂ published important books in the fields of theology, biblical studies, philosophy, and practical theology as well as articles in both popular magazines and academic journals. Many are active inÂ projects exploring the key questions of their respective disciplines, as well as how those disciplines might inform the intellectual questions of other fields and illuminate contemporary social problems.
In the Department of Christian Studies at Eastern youâ€™ll find a community of teacher-scholars interested in the spiritual development of their students, as well as their existential concernsÂ and professional interests, and who want their students to lead lives of depth and conviction in whatever context they find themselves.
The Department itself may be described as orthodox, evangelical, ecumenical, and constructively critical. We are orthodox because we affirm the main doctrines of the Christian tradition, as embedded in the Bible and codified in the classical creeds of the Christian Church. We are evangelical because we affirm that God has acted decisively in human history to save us through the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, and invites all human beings to appropriate that salvation through faith in him, steadfast obedience to his way of life, and active participation in his Body, the Christian Church. We are ecumenical because we affirm that, within the broadly orthodox and evangelical parameters just mentioned, there are many legitimate institutional embodiments of authentic Christianity, including Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglicanism and most Mainline Protestant and Evangelical denominations. Finally, we are constructively critical because we seek to understand, practice and advocate the Christian faith in the light of contemporary thought, science and culture.
What the Christian Studies Department Offers
Christian Studies Department Mission Statement
The mission of the department of Christian Studies is to introduce all Eastern students to the academic study of the Bible, theology and philosophy, to equip our students through teaching, advising and mentoring to engage in lifelong and competent study in these areas, to prepare interested students for further academic work in seminary or other graduate programs in related fields, and to serve the University and the academy as productive faculty members and scholars.