Theological and religious studies raise special challenges for
Academic and devotional life, scholarship and personal faith, the
intellectual and the practical all need to be balanced and integrated.
Cherished or deeply-held beliefs may be called into question - perhaps by
new understanding of the Bible, perhaps in intellectually hostile settings.
Such challenges can be stimulating, but can also be disorientating or
This collection of essays offers help and advice, for those studying in
universities and in theological colleges. The first two contributions
provide some general orientation. The next sketches the contours of an
evangelical approach to theology. This leads to an exploration of faith
and certainty, some guidelines for maintaining a devotional life and some
perspectives on preaching. The concluding essay revisits key themes and
offers further reflections.
Chris Sinkinson of 'Evangelicals Now' writes:
Particularly in the secular university setting, the Bible can be dissected
without reference to the reality of God. This welcome volume aims to help
the student deal with the issue of how they maintain their personal
relationship with God in what may sometimes be an arid and even hostile
Whether studying in an evangelical friendly environment or not, the book
encourages theology students to avoid compromise and maintain integrity.
It is worth noting that the sub-heading for the book is not entirely
accurate as there is very little in it to help a student of religious
studies The important issues faced by an evangelical studying non-Christian
religions are not dealt with. Nonetheless, this book will be a survival
handbook for many theology students.
If you are concerned for someone going from your church to study theology
at a university level then why not buy it for him or her as a gift?