It has been over fifty years since H. Richard Niebuhr published his Christ & Culture. Carson revisits Niebuhr’s original categories of Christians within culture and pronounces them lacking for today’s situation. Niebuhr outlined six ways that Christians have looked at culture: Christ against culture; the Christ of culture; Christ above culture; Christ and culture in paradox; and Christ the transformer of culture. Carson sees useful attitudes in most of these but none which describes how Christians usually see culture today. Today Christians define culture as an environment which they have inherited and which usually cannot be much changed. The older conservative way of viewing culture was to see it as more equal to the “world” which was made by fallen men and opposes the purposes of God. Carson does a good job of bringing the conservative view into modern language, especially in challenging the contemporary view of culture being morally neutral. He also challenges today’s writers to present views that are more based on the whole tenor of Scripture, including past, present, and future perspectives of God’s purposes.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]