Christ above Culture,. Christ and Culture in Paradox, and. Christ the Transformer of Culture.
He argues that at least one category Christ of Culture necessitates a heretical view of Christianity, and as such is not acceptable as a category. Chapter 2 continues critiquing Niebuhr by applying biblical theology. He also makes a key argument; to suggest that there are multiple views of Christ and Culture and that individual groups can rightly choose just one is incorrect.
This limiting of oneself to a single theme of Scripture such as, say, appreciating God as Creator but not as Redeemer is an affront to the wholesale acceptance of the historical-Biblical perspective. It is akin to saying you are eating a Caesar salad when really you are just eating lettuce my metaphor. This bundle includes;. Christ and New Covenant, and. Any paradigm that does not include or proportionally mishandles these perspectives is inherently flawed and inconsistent with orthodox Christianity.
As in many of his other lectures and writings, he spends considerable time interacting with his critics. This chapter could easily be skipped by the curious layman, because it is mostly technical discussion of the definitions for culture and postmodernism.
However, it is a good chapter for those who want to understand the technical issues caught up with this type of critique, and have strong background in the debates surrounding these terms. These four forces are the lure of secularization, the mystique of democracy, the worship of freedom, and the lust for power. The chapter seems primarily designed to be thoughtful about the many problems at work in designing a universally helpful understanding of Christ and Culture.
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Chapter 5 tries to deal with one of the largest issues in the Christ and Culture issue; that of church and state. Once again, it seems to be a whirlwind tour of the major concepts that are tossed around when Christians try to plunge into this issue.
Chapter 6 closes the discussion with three steps. First, he summarizes the argument of the book as a whole. Second, he discusses some of the disappointed agendas and frustrated utopias of various Christian groups. The third and final step is the Conclusion. Key Concepts. There are three helpful concepts that can be drawn from this book.
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They allow for disproportional and even heretical views of Christianity. A truly biblical view of the relationship between Christ and Culture cannot allow paradigms that are unfaithful to the Biblical witness. Second, a view of Christ and Culture must be flexible enough to fit and interact with a massive variety of contextual problems and situations. In other words, if the Gospel is true, then a right view of Christ and Culture must give right guidance both to the rich American and the poor African, the persecuted Chinese and the free South Korean.
Third, right understanding of the Christ and Culture interaction in a local context is promoted by a commitment to biblical theology. In other words, Christians rightly handle the Christ and Culture problem when their actions in local context flow directly from a healthy and proportional acceptance of the key claims of Scripture. This book is terrific, and its conclusions are enormously helpful.
That said, it is fast and furious- Carson does not go out of his way to explain the wide-ranging theological, philosophical, and political topics he interacts with. He gives plenty of books to consider for those interested, but this is not a detailed analysis so much as a call to a more Scriptural framework for analyzing Christ and Culture in local context.
I would recommend the book primarily for pastors, educators, and those with interest in political philosophy. A background in history, theology, law, or political science would be especially helpful. Should we be more or less involved in culture? Can a Christian go into politics? Should we try to transform culture with Christian art or withdraw by homeschooling our kids? What are the duties of the local church in regards to poverty? To government? It is a worthwhile challenge. Great review Ben! I am delighted to see that what I said was not off base according to your understanding of this book.
I like that Carson ties in a lot of his arguments into Biblical Theology and into looking at the whole historical redemptive story. It guards us from drawing poor and faulty conclusions from merely cherry picking verses within the Bible. Beginning with the early church in Acts 2, historic Christian traditions have wrestled with the issue for centuries.
Theologians of liberal persuasion have been discussing the issue for some time.
Carson's book, along with a number of other recent volumes, can enhance the latter group's reflections and actions on the subject in a biblical and thoughtful way. Beginning with a summary of the iconic typology in H. Richard Niebuhr's classic Christ and Culture , Carson Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
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