Come join a Conference / Open House equipping event by SBC’s School of Theology (English) on “God’s Story as Real Truth in a World of Fake News.” This event is for prospective students, SBC alumni, current students, and the Christian public.
“Fake news” may appear to be a modern phenomenon. But long before the invention of mass media, spin and propaganda were the norm for ancient Near Eastern empires whose kings exaggerated their victories and downplayed setbacks. In such a world of “fake news,” the historiography of the Old Testament boldly engages in truth-telling and whistleblowing at the expense of Israel’s leaders. It is true that all storytelling contains both subjective and objective dimensions, but Israelite approaches to historiography remain unique in their context for their polemical approach to honour and shame. This countercultural posture has major implications for retelling God’s story in Asia today.
Historiography in the first century was the propaganda tool of the powerful and well-connected, used to promote the glory of an empire or a people, to advance the agenda of a political faction, or to justify one’s past actions. These tendencies are evident in the works of famous Roman historians as well as the Jewish historian Josephus. In contrast, the Gospels center on the glorious Truth found in the shameful death of Jesus, and are rooted in the testimony of low-status “nobodies” like women, fishermen, and tax collectors. The gospel frees the early Christians to tell the story of Jesus despite their own embarrassing backgrounds and failures.
Europe will be Muslim by 2050? The millennial generation will only be 4% evangelical? Christians have often been complicit in being producers and consumers of fake news. While all news is subjective to an extent, Christians must be more mindful of the ultimate Subject rather than any lesser subject. As such, churches have a higher calling to be prophetic rather than paranoid by relying on God’s Word to understand what is going in God’s world instead of reacting to current events. Alarmism diminishes our witness and tarnishes the presentation of the gospel message.
SBC School of Theology English (SOTE) Open House & Conference is designed for prospective students who see the need to be equipped for Christian ministry. If you are wrestling with discerning God’s call in your life and deciding on whether you should undergo theological education, this Open House is for you!
This three-day programme will provide you with opportunities to interact with our professors and students through panel discussions and dialogue. You will also get to experience our unique community life at SBC by attending SOTE Conference, classes and chapel, touring around the campus, and tasting the home-cooked food at the SBC canteen.
Through this programme, SBC hopes to help you gain a better understanding of what theological education is about, and to assess your readiness to engage in theological training.
*For Open House Participants.
The registration is closed.