When Paul testified before the prominent men and women of his day, he claimed he was speaking “true and rational words” (Acts 26:25). Christians are first and foremost believers, but as Paul demonstrates this does not come at the expense of truth or reason. This is why our forefathers in the faith described the Christian life as “faith seeking understanding.” Believing does not replace understanding—it leads us to it, as we contemplate the unfathomable depths of God’s wisdom displayed in the gospel.
This ancient conviction is what inspires a Christian study center. The gospel is not only good news, it is true—astonishingly true. Both the mind and the heart find their rest in God alone. In the midst of a confused culture, there is an urgent need for Christians to reclaim and promote cultivating the life of the mind.
Of course the gospel is also personal—God did not send an idea but his only begotten Son. Jesus ate and drank with sinners, looking them in the eye as he spoke as no man had before (John 7:46). So a study center aims to be warm and inviting, a place to gather face to face to explore, discuss, and inquire into the truths of Christianity.
The South Carolina Study Center is a group of professors, students, and like-minded Christians who share these convictions. Our mission is to promote the best of Christian thought in order to shape teachers and students to think, live, and lead with Christian wisdom.