Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling

Andy Crouch, Author . IVP $20 (284p) ISBN 978-0-8308-3394-8

Crouch, editorial director of the Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today International and a member of the editorial board for Books & Culture , gives readers a sweeping new theology of culture. Crouch blends academic research on the nature of culture with extensive theological study and years of experience as a cultural critic; his conclusions will be fresh and challenging for Christian readers. For Crouch, culture is a good and intentional part of God's creation. It encompasses not simply the arts but everything we do—from making meals to balancing work with life. Traditional Christian responses to culture—condemnation, critique and copying—are not enough to change it (although all at times are valid); instead, culture must be both cultivated (the good must be preserved) and created. Crouch argues that it is impossible for any of us to change the world, but that each of us can create culture within our own sphere of influence, and while that may feel small, God specializes in using small and seemingly unimportant things. Those who have struggled with the sacred-secular dichotomy will find this book life-giving; every Christian interested in changing culture should read it. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 05/26/2008
Release date: 07/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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