INDS 532/APPL.532

Reading the Times: Christian Responses to the News of the Day

This course is also offered as APPL.532

Course Description

What role should the news play in the life of a disciple of Christ? This may seem like a contemporary concern, one made acute by political polarization, social media, and ubiquitous screens. And indeed we are living through a time when technological and cultural forces are causing drastic upheavals in the news industry. This course will not focus on the news industry as such, however, but on how Christians ought to approach and value the news. And as it turns out, Christians in many different times and places have pondered this question and proposed attitudes and practices that might guide us in our current situation. We’ll draw from biblical narratives, media ecology, theology, literature, and other sources in seeking to discern how our citizenship in heaven and God’s call to love our neighbors ought to shape our habits of media engagement.
Dates Jul 22–Jul 26
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Jeffrey Bilbro

Associate Professor of English

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees