2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Named one of Publishers Weekly 's best books of 2008 (religion category) It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the...
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2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2008 (religion category) It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. 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. Crouch unpacks the complexities of how culture works and gives us tools for cultivating and creating culture. He navigates the dynamics of cultural change and probes the role and efficacy of our various cultural gestures and postures. Keen biblical exposition demonstrates that creating culture is central to the whole scriptural narrative, the ministry of Jesus and the call to the church. He guards against naive assumptions about "changing the world," but points us to hopeful examples from church history and contemporary society of how culture is made and shaped. Ultimately, our culture making is done in partnership with God's own making and transforming of culture. A model of his premise, this landmark book is sure to be a rallying cry for a new generation of culturally creative Christians. Discover your calling and join the culture makers.
Andy Crouch (M.Div., Boston University School of Theology) is editorial director of the Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today International. He served as executive producer for the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip. He also sits on the editorial board for Books & Culture and has been a columnist for Christianity Today.
His writing has appeared in several editions of The Best Christian Writing and The Best Spiritual Writing. He was editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly and for ten years served as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He is the author of Culture Making:Recovering Our Creative Calling ,a coauthor of The Church in Emerging Culture and a contributor to the Worship Team Handbook.
A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz and gospel, Crouch has also led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000.
- <strong>part 1: Culture</strong>
- 1. The Horizons Of The Possible
- 2. Cultural Worlds
- 3. Teardowns, Technology And Change
- 4. Cultivation And Creation
- 5. Gestures And Postures
- <strong>part 2: Gospel</strong>
- 6. The Garden And The City
- <em>interlude: The Primordial Story</em>
- 7. The Least Of The Nations
- 8. Jesus As Culture Maker
- 9. From Pentecost . . .
- 10. . . . To Revelation
- 11. The Glorious Impossible
- <strong>part 3: Calling</strong>
- 12. Why We Can't Change The World
- 13. The Traces Of God
- 14. Power
- 15. Community
- 16. Grace
- Postscript: <em>artist In His Studio</em>
- Notes And Further Reading
- About Andy Crouch