Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling

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InterVarsity Press, Nov 24, 2013 - Religion - 242 pages
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2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2008 (religion category) It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. Andy Crouch unleashes a stirring manifesto calling Christians to be culture makers. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided "culture wars." But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world around us. By making chairs and omelets, languages and laws, we participate in the good work of culture making. Crouch unpacks the complexities of how culture works and gives us tools for cultivating and creating culture. He navigates the dynamics of cultural change and probes the role and efficacy of our various cultural gestures and postures. Keen biblical exposition demonstrates that creating culture is central to the whole scriptural narrative, the ministry of Jesus and the call to the church. He guards against naive assumptions about "changing the world," but points us to hopeful examples from church history and contemporary society of how culture is made and shaped. Ultimately, our culture making is done in partnership with God's own making and transforming of culture. A model of his premise, this landmark book is sure to be a rallying cry for a new generation of culturally creative Christians. Discover your calling and join the culture makers.
 

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It's not easy to change culture. Change usually happens gradually and unexpectedly. Behind the changes though are people. People change culture. Andy describes how Christians can create and cultivate ... Read full review

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An excellent and sometimes provocative new way of looking at Christians and culture. Crouch offers a more comprehensive understanding of culture -- well beyond "high culture" of the arts -- than ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
5
Introduction
9
PART ONE
15
Chapter 1
17
Chapter 2
37
Chapter 3
50
Chapter 4
65
Chapter 5
78
Chapter 10
160
Chapter 11
175
PART THREE
185
Chapter 12
187
Chapter 13
202
Chapter 14
217
Chapter 15
237
Chapter 16
249

PART TWO
99
Chapter 6
101
INTERLUDE
118
Chapter 7
121
Chapter 8
134
Chapter 9
147
Postscript
264
Acknowledgments
269
Notes and Further Reading
272
Index
281
Author Info
283
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Andy Crouch (MDiv, Boston University School of Theology) is executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of books such as Culture Making and Playing God. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of International Justice Mission s Institute for Biblical Justice. His writing has appeared in Time, the Wall Street Journal and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. Crouch served as executive producer for the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip, as well as the multi-year project This Is Our City, which featured documentary video, reporting and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities. He also sits on the editorial board for Books & Culture and was editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly. He also spent ten years as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz and gospel, Crouch has led musical worship for congregations of five to twenty thousand. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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