Christ asks us to be in the world but not of it. Matthew Vos shows us how sociology strengthens our understanding of the world's issues and our relationships with it.
About the Series
The Faithful Learning series is a collection of introductory booklets that lay out a case for the value of studying the traditional academic disciplines in traditional ways. While much has been made of the impact of faith on scholarship, less time has been spent thinking about the impact of scholarship on faith. This series is designed to encourage rising college students as well as Christian graduate students, secondary school teachers, and professors to embrace the value of studying the academic disciplines as a way of deepening a love for God and neighbor.
Each book introduces an academic discipline and demonstrates how they should be studied in their own right. It encourages engagement with academic disciplines rather than suspicion of them.
We are made for fellowshipfellowship with God and with others. None of us can know who we are by looking only at what is inside us and ignoring our relationshipsafter all, Christ asks us to be in the world but not of it. This is where sociology, the study of how we fit into groups, comes in. Matthew Vos offers an introduction to sociology and describes how sociology sees and studies the world, the worlds issues, and our own troublesall with the goal of bringing new depth to our understanding of our relationships with God and the world.
Matthew S. Vos (MEd, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville) is professor of sociology at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.