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Episode 163 Christians Coping with Pluralism, Darrell Bock

Episode 163 Christians Coping with Pluralism with Darrell Bock

In Fall 2023 Darrell Bock lectured at the Lanier Theological Library on the topic: “Coping with Pluralism.”  The link to that YouTube video is down below. 

In addition, there was a great panel discussion the day before between various scholars from around the United States.  Darrell sat down with David Capes, host of The Stone Chapel Podcasts, to offer a preview of his lecture.

Who is Darrell Bock?

Dr. Bock is a well-known scholar.  He currently serves as a Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

And as the Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center at DTS as well. 

He has authored, co-authored, or edited 30-40 books.  Most of these you can find signed at the Lanier Theological Library.  Look on the title page! 

Darrell has been married 48 years. He has three children and five grandchildren.  He co-hosts a podcast at Dallas Seminary called “The Table.”   See the link below. It’s a terrific podcast and resource.

The Problem of Pluralism

In America, Europe, and much of the west the culture and values have shifted radically in the last thirty years. 

In Darrell’s mind, Christians have gone from being the home team to becoming a visiting team that is unwelcome. 

Some have described it as a culture war and have begun fighting as if we are in battle to crush the other.  That may be popular, but it is not the way of Jesus. 

Instead of regarding these folks as an enemy to be crushed, we should begin to think of them a person to be gained. 

This may be one of the most important podcasts you listen to all year. 

Dr. Bock talks about a number of biblical teachings which should lead us to have a better tone and disposition toward those we want to persuade.

Additional Resources

To see the video of Darrell Bock’s lecture click here.

To see the video of the panel discussion, here’s the link.

Darrell has a number of books touching on this and related topics.  

Among them: Cultural Intelligence: Living for God in a Diverse, Pluralistic World (B&H Academic, 2020)

You can read a transcript of this podcast here.

The Table Podcast is here. 

Want more Stone Chapel Podcasts on some great topics? Just click here.

What’s more, you can get information on upcoming lectures at Lanier Theological Library by clicking here.

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