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Resources for Wisely Engaging Culture

October 30, 2008

The issue of how to engage the fuzzy issues of culture came up last night in our Partners Class. How should Xns respond to the so-called ethical “gray areas”? In order of most to least accessible, here are a few resources to help you cultivate cultural discernment:



Accessible Books

Academic Books

12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2008 12:26 pm

    So was Crouch’s book pretty good? I heard a podcast interview with him, and it caught my interest.

  2. October 30, 2008 2:37 pm

    I haven’t read all of it, but so far I like his emphasis. Christians should create culture, not transform it. Contrary to the emphases of Crouch and Carson, I still think redemptive, transformative approaches to culture are positive and to be encouraged.

    Some of Crouch’s exegesis is lacking, but his cultural insight is great.

  3. October 31, 2008 6:52 am

    Do you know of any links to quality reviews of Crouch’s ‘Culture Makers’? I live in South Africa and so it’ll be a while until I can get my hands on a copy of the real thing.

  4. October 31, 2008 10:08 am

    Sure. Here is a critical review. Also check out the forthcoming review in Critique:

  5. November 3, 2008 9:09 pm

    I’d recommend the David F. Wells corpus: No Place For Truth; God in the Wasteland; Losing Our Virtue; Above All Earthly Pow’rs; The Courage to Be Protestant.

  6. November 3, 2008 9:46 pm

    Those certainly are great, but less about how to engage culture and more an engagement, wouldn’t you say? Does Wells lay out his cultural hermeneutic in any of those? I can’t remember.

  7. November 4, 2008 2:09 pm

    Yea, I agree. But they are helpful by example. He does give a nice biblical account of “world” in No Place For Truth.

  8. November 4, 2008 2:14 pm

    thanks. I’ll look at that again.

  9. November 5, 2008 7:42 am

    correction: the discussion on world is in God in the Wasteland, p 37.


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