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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: IVP USA; First edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830833943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833948
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of Books and 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 :generation quarterly and for ten years served as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hosier on 15 April 2012
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The call on Christians to engage with culture has been growing in recent years. This can be seen in conferences that are being run, and books being written. As Crouch acknowledges in his introduction, this book stands within the tradition of Abraham Kuyper's call to Christian cultural responsibility. It is divided into three parts: Culture, Gospel and Calling.

This is a very helpful and thought provoking book, but I do think it gets weaker as it goes on. The first section is the most helpful as it critiques common assumptions about culture, and will most likely get you thinking differently about the subject. The middle section is important, because theology is always important, but if you do not accept some of the premises its helpfulness is limited. And then the third section - about how to actually apply all that has gone before - is the flimsiest.

So, in some ways Crouch falls into the same trap as the worldview advocates he criticizes - lots of good analysis, but a lack of clear application.

That is not meant to be a carping comment, and indeed, I would be suspicious of someone setting out a '10 point plan of action' in a book like this. The whole point is to point us towards the kinds of things we can do rather than be prescriptive about what we should do, so perhaps any expectation of clearer application is unfair.

My conclusion then? Definitely read the first 98 pages, but see the rest as an optional extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harm Hilvers on 9 Dec 2011
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This book serves as a good introduction into the subject of culture making for Christians. The book consists of three sections: the first section is about what culture actually is and is not, the second tells us how the Gospels talk about culture, and the third and last about our calling with regards to culture. Each section contains interesting and and fresh thoughts, which makes this book a good read.

According to Crouch, culture is not changed merely through thinking. No, changing culture only happens when more culture is made. I found this insight provocative, because it makes all of the things I do worthwhile: everything I do is making and changing culture. In the book Crouch describes four ways people usually work with culture: by condemning culture, by critiquing culture, by copying culture, and by consuming culture. However, by focussing on one of these ways, we miss important things, says Crouch. Instead, he believes we have to be aware of the fact that culture always builds on what went before. Therefor, we have to conserve culture at its best and change it for the better by offering something new.

In the second section of the book Crouch retells the biblical story of creation. He starts in Genesis, by showing that God creates space and possibilities for his creation to live in. Then he moves on to the fall and what sin means for Gods good creation: it's our task to deal with the consequences of sin through our creativity. Through the cross, Jesus faced sin and remade the relation of God with His creation: God became something for all nations and all cultures. This leads Crouch to the provocative and intriguing question if we are creating and cultivating things that have a chance of being used in the furnishing of the New Jerusalem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andii on 17 Feb 2009
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A good introduction to a range of issues about culture for Christians. It gives a helpful theological approach and a sensible set of attitudes to culture, principally avoiding moral panic approaches that so marr much Christian cultural engagement. Overall this gives a really helpful way forward for constructive Christian cultural engagement.
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By Stephen Bryars on 9 Jun 2014
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As a youth worker and rapper I have found this so inspiring! Christ centred and culturally relevant. Now to act..
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A book to help us look at our culture and the culture we share with the world. A great calling to transform culture by our positive alternative.
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