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Sacred/Secular Divide and Theological Education--The West (Article 5)


Author: W. Jay Moon
Date: September 11th, 2018
Key Words: Sacred/Secular Divide

An African proverb states, “Suom dan lang chala, fi lang yuka” – if a rabbit changes the direction he runs, you must change the direction you shoot. It is easy to make changes when hunting rabbits, but it is not so easy to change the directions of institutions. 

Theological institutions in the western world are facing rapid cultural and economic pressures. Many are reluctant to change, even though the success of the “hunt” depends on change. While topics like work, business, economics and entrepreneurship have not been part of theological training in the past, the new environment that western schools find themselves in has created a demand to introduce these topics – even though the response has been slow. 

****The Oikonomia Network, in partnership with ICETE, has commissioned writers from four global regions to share the developments, challenges and opportunities involved in overcoming the sacred/secular divide in theological education in their contexts. These articles are for your personal use as you prepare to attend ICETE C-18, so our time in Panama City will be as fruitful as possible; please do not publish or redistribute them. The Oikonomia Network is a community of evangelical theological educators and schools dedicated to preparing church leaders to bear God's image, bear witness and bear fruit in every area of life, and to help others do so, with particular emphasis on needed growth in whole-life discipleship, fruitful work and economic wisdom; for more information see oikonomianetwork.org. 


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