"Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends" by Kevin J. Vanhoozer is the study of the doctrines of the Scripture as they were developed within succeeding eras or within individual authors' literature, all during the framework of biblical chronology. A significant introduction by Vanhoozer lays out the hermeneutical method for engaging with culture. In this book, the art and science of interpreting cultures are the set of rules, guidelines, or principles for interpreting cultural texts and trends. "Everyday Theology" is a how-to-book, how to read cultural texts, and interpret trend. It sets forth the principles for understanding cultural hermeneutics along with how and why Christians should read culture. The book is not an encyclopedia of contemporary culture, nor is it a full-blown textbook of cultural hermeneutics. With an emphasis on both methodology and case study, it is well suited for seminary classroom use. What it provides is a model for reading culture theological. Vanhoozer points that all Christians can and should achieve some degree of cultural literacy, that is, the ability to read or interpret the world through the lens of the Bible and Christian faith.
The book begins with how to use everyday theology as a practical task of living each day as faithful disciples of Christ Jesus. The practical task of everyday theology follows a series of essays that engages cultural texts and trends, from the music of Eminem to the grocery store checkout lane to the phenomenon of internet blogs. The purpose of the book is to teach Christians to get the theological lay of the cultural land. Vanhoozer wants Christians to find an understanding of what is going on in ordinary situations and why. He opens the book with the study of the principles and methods for interpreting the Bible.
Vanhoozer turns his biblical hermeneutical development into a framework for interpreting culture. He notes cultural texts products, forms, and stuff. In addition, he records cultural trends intangible effects of cultural texts, both of which require careful interpretation by Christians who are receptively engage in everyday cultures. Cultural texts is any human work precisely because it is something done purposeful and not by reflex, which bears meaning and calls for interpretation. A culture text interprets any kind of signs, symbols, artifacts, and media that communicates something about humanity values, concerns, or self-understanding. Vanhoozer proposal to look at cultural signs artifacts, figures, movies, etc. as texts is helpful in finding meanings and its functions within society. In addition, he proposes there are culture texts effects upon the of culture consumers.
The book conclusion is between Christ and Culture utilizing the church as a community of cultural agents. It is Vanhoozer hope that readers will get an understanding that it is not enough simply to know doctrine; the competent disciple must also be able to read culture. The church is the community of interpreters. The church interprets what is going on in culture by offering theologically thick descriptions that inscribe our everyday world into the created, fallen, and redeemed world narrated in Scripture. The textbook is usable for every day life. The reading gauges the authors meaning surrounding cultural texts and trends. The reading is suitability and applicability to theology.