2013 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series

The Church and Religious Pluralism: Living Faithfully Amidst the World Religions

Feb. 19-20, 2013  |  RTS Orlando Pamplin Chapel  |  11:00a - 12:00n and 1:00 - 2:00p both days

Dr. Michael Goheen

Dr. Michael Goheen is Professor of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary and a recognized leading scholar on the thought of Lesslie Newbigin. He previously held the Geneva Chair of Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C. as well as Teaching Fellow in Mission Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. He has also taught worldview, biblical theology, and mission and World Christianity at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON, and Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA. Dr. Goheen began his professional life as a church planter and pastor in the Toronto area.

Dr. Goheen is author of A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2010) and As the Father Has Sent Me, I am Sending You: J.E. Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology (Zoetermeer, 2000). He is also co-author with Craig Bartholomew of the best-selling Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2004), Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview (Baker, 2008), and The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama (Faith Alive, 2009). He has also co-edited two volumes on globalization and the gospel and the unity of the church.
Dr. Goheen lives in the Vancouver area where he is minister of preaching at New West Christian Reformed Church. He has been married to Marnie for 33 years and has four married children and four grandchildren.


LECTURE 1 Religious Pluralism and Christian Responses Today
A sketch of our pluralistic context and its urgency. A look at a variety of responses offered by the Christian church.
Sketching a Reformed Theology of Religions
Outlines of a theology of religions that is shaped by the Reformed tradition.
A Missionary Encounter with World Religions
How to approach the truth claims of world religions. Is there truth to be found in world religions?
The Church’s Mission in the Context of Religious Pluralism
The church’s mission in the midst of religious pluralism.

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Invitation From Our Academic Dean

Religious pluralism represents one of the most pressing challenges to Christian understanding and mission today. Whether one seeks to minister the gospel in the increasingly “post-Christian” West, where Islam is growing at a faster rate than many Protestant denominations in places like Central Florida, or in the Global South, where the church continues to flourish in the midst of other faiths, the presence of other religions cannot be ignored if we are to serve the Lord intelligently and faithfully. For this reason we are delighted to welcome Dr. Michael Goheen, Jake and Betsy Tuls Chair of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary, as he delivers the 2013 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series on the topic, “The Church and Religious Pluralism: Living Faithfully Amidst the World Religions.” Dr. Goheen is uniquely qualified to address this subject, having served as a church planter, pastor, and preacher pastor in Toronto and Vancouver, and having published on a wide range of topics related to biblical theology, Christian worldview, and the missional church. 

Please join us at RTS Orlando as we engage this vital topic in the 2013 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series. These lectures are free and open to the general public. We look forward to having you join us.

THE KISTEMAKER ACADEMIC LECTURE SERIES (KALS) are named in honor of New Testament Professor Emeritus Simon J. Kistemaker, Ph.D. These annual lectures offer scholarly insight into diverse topics in Biblical and theological studies as well as practical theology.

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