Christ and Culture Revisited

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 1, 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 with its five Christ-culture options. 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 clearly lays out that unifying vision. Carson acknowledges the helpfulness of Niebuhr's grid and 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 Christtransforming 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.While many other books on culture interact with Niebuhr, none of them takes anything like the biblical-theological approach adopted here. Groundbreaking and challenging, Christ and Culture Revisited is a tour de force.
 

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A challenging but stimulating read, particularly for those who have read H. Richard Niebuhr's classic work "Christ and Culture" (to which this book is a response) and are less than satisfied with its conclusions. Read full review

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reappraisal of Niebuhr's classic five-fold Christ & culture options with a special view toward postmodernism, church/state issues, and an analysis of recent themes. Read full review

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Contents

How to Think about Culture Reminding Ourselves of Neibuhr
1
Niebuhr Revised The Impact of Biblical Theology
31
Refining Culture and Redefining Postmodernism
67
Secularism Democracy Freedom and Power
115
Church and State
145
On Disputed Agendas Frustrated Utopias and Ongoing Tensions
205
Index of Subjects
229
Index of Names
235
Index of Scripture References
241
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D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.

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