Brad Christerson and Dan Callis continue our series on Sacred Space by exploring the idea of cities as sacred spaces. In particular, they will be sharing some of their thoughts on Los Angeles as a post-modern cityscape, and reflecting on cities and their significance in Scripture and contemporary society. Brad and Dan have been involved together in teaching experiences that bring together Brad’s expertise in sociology and Dan’s passion for the arts.
To view the presentation, click here: May 2012 Table Talk
The question Brad and Dan will be addressing is an important one. The contemporary city is a paradox. On the one hand, “urban” conjures up images of poverty, violence, and crime. On the other hand, the entire globe is undergoing a massive urban migration. Why do we go to places we consider to be places of poverty, violence and crime? Perhaps because we are social creatures and are relentlessly drawn towards life in society with others. Perhaps because the city is not only the breeding ground of human depravity, it is also the place where the highest forms of human culture are conceived, brought forth and flourish. Perhaps we live in cities because treasured values like diversity, freedom and self-expression require the inspiration of others to find expression in ourselves. Whatever the reason, the fact remains: we are living in cities in ever-increasing numbers. Finding a Christian voice to address the issues of the post-modern city has to be considered an important task for the church. It is also an important task for Biola if we truly desire to be a global center for Christian thought and spiritual renewal.