Engaging Culture

Budiszewski, J. Evangelicals in the Public Square Baker , 2006

In this work, J. Budziszewski examines evangelical political thought over the past fifty years through four key figures--Carl F. H. Henry, Abraham Kuyper, Francis Schaeffer, and John Howard Yoder--to argue that, in addition to Scripture, the evangelical political movement should be informed by the tradition of natural law.

Carson, D.A. Christ and Culture Revisited Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008

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?

Crouch, Andy Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2008

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.

Eliot, T.S. Christianity And Culture Eliot Press, 2007

T.S. Eliot takes a poignant look at two major elements that shape society - religion and culture.

Gladwell, Malcom The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Back Bay Books, 2002

This work is changing the way North Americans think about selling products and disseminating ideas. Gladwells new afterword to this edition describes how readers can constructively apply the tipping point principle in their own lives and work. Widely hailed as an important work that offers not only a road map to business success but also a profoundly encouraging approach to solving social problems.

Guinness, Os The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It New York: HarperOne, 2008

In a world torn apart by religious extremism on the one side and a strident secularism on the other, no question is more urgent than how we live with our deepest differences—especially our religious and ideological differences. The Case for Civility is a proposal for restoring civility in America as a way to foster civility around the world.

Hatch, Nathan The Democratization of American Christianity New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989

Hatch explores the first fifty years following the American Revolution in regard to the interplay between religion and culture, specifically the unleashing of the church from traditionalism in order to Christianize the culture.

Hunter, James Davison To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2010

The call to make the world a better place is inherent in the Christian belief and practice. But why have efforts to change the world by Christians so often failed or gone tragically awry? And how might Christians in the 21st century live in ways that have integrity with their traditions and are more truly transformative? In To Change the World, James Davison Hunter offers persuasive--and provocative--answers to these questions.

Kinnaman, David unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2007

Based on groundbreaking Barna Group research, unChristian uncovers the negative perceptions young people have of Christianity and explores what can be done to reverse them.

Kraft, Charles H. Christianity In Culture Orbis Books, 2005

A Study In Dynamic Biblical Theologizing In Cross-cultural Perspective

Mead, Sidney L. The Lively Experiment Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2007

The Shaping of Christianity in America

Mouw, Richard J. Consulting the Faithful Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1994

The president of Pasadena's Fuller Theological Seminary carefully assesses the relationship--or lack thereof--between "popular" religion and intellectual orthodoxy. Mouw argues that therapeutic and managerial "revolutions" can bring beneficial new sensitivities to Christian thought and practice.

Newbigin, Lesslie Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1991

An important book for all who are concerned with the impact of Christianity, Truth To Tell affirms the gospel as the truth - not only for personal life but also for life at the public, societal level.

Niebuhr, H. Richard Christ and Culture New York: Harper & Row, 1956

Being fully God and fully human, Jesus raised an enduring question for his followers: what exactly was His place in this world? In the classic Christ and Culture, H. Richard Niebuhr crafted a magisterial survey of the many ways of answering that question--and the related question of how Christ's followers understand their own place in the world.

Stark, Rodney The Rise of Christianity New York: HarperOne, 1997

The idea that Christianity started as a clandestine movement among the poor is a widely accepted notion. Yet it is one of many myths that must be discarded if we are to understand just how a tiny messianic movement on the edge of the Roman Empire became the dominant faith of Western civilization.

White, James Emery Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010

When medieval mapmakers came to the end of the world as they knew it, they would write on the edges of their maps, "Here Be Dragons." Without a way to navigate, these areas were, at best, promising yet unexplored, and at worst, perilous.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evangelical Christians have an equally unsettling map and a lack of unity in regard to how we will find our way through uncharted territory as we stray from core ideas and differ on key issues.

How did we get here? How will we find our way back? In this book James Emery White takes us on a journey beyond the dragon territory to discover the new world Christ is mapping for us.

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