A critical analysis of the contemporary social and cultural context from a biblically informed perspective, focusing on God’s mission (missio Dei) in the world. Attention will be given to the social processes that have shaped our culture, to understanding the relationship between church and society, the relationship between the individual believer and those who do not believe, and to the churches’ prophetic call to produce reconciliation and transformation. Consideration of the implications of postmodernism and a pluralistic society.