Why Christianity and Culture?

This specialization educates students in the historic and living traditions of the Christian Church.

Why Christianity and Culture?

This specialization educates students in the historic and living traditions of the Christian Church.

The Christianity and Culture program has a strong interdisciplinary approach that gives our students a broad understanding of the relationship of Christianity to western culture by educating students in the historic and living traditions of the Christian Church.

Our program prepares students for graduate theological studies and provides a solid foundation for students who desire to enter ministry. Through core biblical studies classes, our students explore the relationship between the historic Christian faith and contemporary values, issues, and institutions. Our students deepen their understanding of the world through electives such as Philosophy, English, or History.


  • A major in Christianity and Culture, leading to a BA degree
  • A concentration
  • A minor
  • A minor in Catholic Studies (offered by Catholic Pacific College)


RELS 160 • Introduction to Christian Theology

What do Christians believe about God and what are their grounds for holding these beliefs? This course invites students to consider their own beliefs in the context of the broader Christian theological tradition and to explore their relationship to scripture, tradition, experience, and reason.

RELS 361 • History of Christianity

A study of the history of the Christian Church from the turn of the first century to the eve of the 16th century Reformation with attention to the people, events, and issues involved in the major developments of Christianity.

RELS 475 • Christianity and Culture

This course examines important aspects of Christianity’s involvement in western culture. We consider alternative models and historical examples of this involvement, as well as specific current issues related to Christian cultural activity.


Graduates of TWU’s Christianity and Culture program can continue their studies toward a graduate certificate in Biblical Studies or a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. These research-based graduate programs prepare students to excel at doctoral studies and serve in academic and ministry contexts around the world.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Catholic Pacific College

Founded in 1999 and located next to the entrance of Trinity Western University, the Catholic college is a valued partner and close neighbour to TWU. It offers sections of TWU courses on Catholic studies.

Careers in Christianity & Culture
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Students from the Christianity and Culture program can find careers in:

  • Global missionary service
  • Pastoral & ministry work
  • International development
  • Community & social services

Christianity and Culture students can also continue their degree to a master’s level at TWU's Graduate School of Theological Studies (ACTS).

Faculty Profiles

Craig Allert, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies and History
Director MA in Biblical Studies
Coordinator Christianity and Culture Program

Craig Broyles, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Dirk Büchner, D. Litt.

Professor of Biblical Studies

Kent Clarke, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies; Brooke Foss Westcott Professorship of New Testament Textual Criticism, Greek Studies, and Hermeneutics; Chair, Religious Studies Department
Tony Cummins

Tony Cummins, D.Phil.

Professor of Religious Studies

Jonathan Dawn, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor of Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Retired)

Kenneth Laing, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor of Religious Studies

Joanne Pepper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Coordinator, Inter-Cultural Religious Studies

Jim Scott, Dr. theol.

Professor of Religious Studies

Archie Spencer

Associate Professor of Theology at ACTS Seminaries, J.H. Pickford Distinguished Chair of Systematic Theology for Northwest Baptist Seminary, Religious Studies