For all of its sola scriptura bluster, much of Evangelical Christianity within the last century has not shaped the people of the church to be scholars of the Scriptures (or much else), nor has it cultivated within itself a practice of critical thought and intelligent, productive dialogue about faith and its intersection with the very real social problems of the day.
Unfortunately, the modern church’s understanding of the Scriptures appears to rest largely upon loose, paraphrased translations, popular "facebook" theology, and endless, erroneous arguments about "end times" eschatology. Within the church at large, there is little, if any, understanding of the Ancient Near Eastern origins of the Scriptures and the corresponding linguistic and socio-historical contexts necessary for translation and interpretation. Moreover, churches rarely educate and/or equip their attendees to think and dialogue critically; leaving them unable to engage society and the public arena with intelligent, articulate, reasoned discussion of how faith integrates with social and physical existence.
Calvert Biblical Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (CBI) seeks to establish a more historically and textually accurate understanding of biblical texts, faith, and praxis within American and Western Hemisphere Christianity.
To this end, CBI serves as a research and educational institution for the study of religious history, languages, cultures, and texts, and their present sociological applications, primarily within Abrahamic and Judaeo-Christian traditions.
This mission is accomplished in four primary ways:
1. Through research and analysis of issues affecting religion and society.
2. Through the writing and publishing of the FAITHTHINK.ORG website, books and articles by CBI, its faculty, academic partners, and associated scholars.
3. Through the creation and presentation of classes, curriculum, and education projects by CBI, its faculty, academic partners, and associated scholars.
4. The development and support of organizations, fellowships, churches, congregations, and assemblies focused on examining what they believe, why they believe it, and how faith is integrated with our present society.