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Has your faith become irrelevant? Join S. Michael Craven in exploring how the majesty and radical reality of God's amazing grace have been culturalized and rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission to the church in the U.S.
In today's culture of modernism, Christianity is an afterthought. Explore how the majesty and radical reality of Gods amazing grace has been rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America.
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S. Michael Craven is the president of the Center for Christ and Culture in Dallas, Texas. Considered a leading cultural apologist, he studies, writes, and lectures on theology, philosophy, and culture. Michael has been a featured speaker at the University of California at Berkeley, national conferences, and seminaries and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, and NBC. His weekly columns can be found on Crosswalk.com, Christianity.com, and The Christian Post, where they reach over 3.5 million readers each month.
"In this most accessible book, Michael Crave addresses the mega-problem of a 'culturalized' (and isolated) Christianity. He outlines current worldviews that have swamped the church and responds to red-hot contemporary issues with Christian truth and love. In a day when the flame of authentic faith is barely a flicker, the church needs all the help she can get. This book contributes to the needed aid." --David K. Naugle, ThD, PhD, professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University
S. Michael Craven is the president of the Center for Christ and Culture in Dallas, Texas. Considered a leading cultural apologist, he studies, writes and lectures on theology, philosophy and culture. Michael has been a feature speaker at the University of California at Berkeley, national conferences, and seminaries and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, and NBC.
President of the Center for Christ and Culture in Dallas, Craven, a business executive turned minister, is long on passion but late to the discussion on postmodernism, which he sees as a socially corrosive philosophy nonetheless declining in influence. He notes, however, that the philosophy accepts that we cannot know all things and thus allows us to rediscover humility. He examines issues shaping culture today and argues that Christianity has become irrelevant in shaping society. He then seeks to promote Christian influence by engaging culture with what the Bible says about consumerism, marriage, homosexuality, spirituality, feminism. He concedes, for example, that some Christians have suppressed human rights in the name of religion, but the Christian God is actually the foremost advocate of equality between the sexes. Conservative readers will find a champion for not only resisting cultural shifts but actually reshaping culture with a Christian worldview, but other readers may question such sweeping assertions as prior to the sixties, Americas moral consensus was largely derived from distinctly Christian principles and valuesin essence a Christian worldview. (Jan. 30)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Author: S. Michael Craven
Located in: Dallas, TX
Submitted: January 15, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Christian cultural apologist, author, columnist, and speaker who works to challenge the spiritual apathy and cultural indifference of the church through serious research, writing, speaking and teaching.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was deeply concerned about the growing irrelevance of Christianity in regard to its public influence in America and I wanted to expose those social and cultural factors that have contributed to this condition.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? That the church will see how its thinking has been unwittingly conformed to the world and lead to liberation from our cultural captivity.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was deeply challenged as I discovered that the route to freedom from our cultural captivity rests largely on a rediscovery of the (full) gospel of the kingdom.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Francis Schaeffer, Lesslie Newbiggin, Gospel and Culture Network series on missiology, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, J. Gresham Machen
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book will help readers understand how the descent of our culture has come about and what the church must do to recover it's mission and calling in the world.
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