Christ and Culture Revisited (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2008 - Religion - 243 pages
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Called to live in the world, but not to be of it, Christians must maintain a balancing act that becomes more precarious the further our culture departs from its Judeo-Christian roots. How should members of the church interact with such a culture, especially as deeply enmeshed as most of us have become?

D. A. Carson applies his masterful touch to this problem. He begins by exploring the classic typology of H. Richard Niebuhr and his five options for understanding culture. Carson proposes that these disparate options are in reality one still larger vision. Using the Bible's own story line and the categories of biblical theology, he attempts to work out what that unifying vision is. Carson acknowledges the helpfulness of Niebuhr's grid and other similar matrices but warns against giving them canonical force.

More than just theoretical, Christ and Culture Revisited is also designed practically to help Christians untangle current messy debates on living in the world. Carson emphasizes that the relation between Christ and culture is not limited to an either/or cultural paradigm - Christ against culture or Christ transforming culture. Instead Carson offers his own paradigm in which all the categories of biblical theology must be kept in mind simultaneously to inform the Christian worldview.

Though several other books on culture interact with Niebuhr, none of them takes anything like the biblical-theological approach adopted here. Ground-breaking and challenging, Christ and Culture Revisited is a tour de force.


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User Review  - Michael Longson - Goodreads

Very good coverage of the material and insightful in many ways, but the style is very dry. Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

This was a good recap on class Niebuhr and then an attempt to shed the light of the past 60 years onto the topic. But, I walked away wondering what the purpose and conclusion of the book really was ... Read full review

Selected pages


How to Think about Culture Reminding Ourselves of Neibuhr
Niebuhr Revised The Impact of Biblical Theology
Refining Culture and Redefining Postmodernism
Secularism Democracy Freedom and Power
Church and State
On Disputed Agendas Frustrated Utopias and Ongoing Tensions
Index of Subjects
Index of Names
Index of Scripture References

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About the author (2008)

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.

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