Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible's Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture
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Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible's Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture

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Addressing how to remain biblically faithful and culturally relevant, academic philosopher Watkin lays out a biblical social and cultural theory to equip Christians in attaining a deep grasp of the biblical story while appreciating the narrative that shapes our culture. Extensive diagrams and practical tools prepare you to participate in any discourse---science, arts, politics, multiculturalism, and more. 672 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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Title: Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible's Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture
By: Christopher Watkin
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 624
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 2 pounds 4 ounces
ISBN: 0310128722
ISBN-13: 9780310128724
Stock No: WW0128724

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With a foreword from Tim Keller

A bold vision for Christians who want to engage the world in a way that is biblically faithful and culturally sensitive.

In Biblical Critical Theory, Christopher Watkin shows how the Bible and its unfolding story help us make sense of modern life and culture.

Critical theories exist to critique what we think we know about reality and the social, political, and cultural structures in which we live. In doing so, they make visible the values and beliefs of a culture in order to scrutinize and change them.

Biblical Critical Theory exposes and evaluates the often-hidden assumptions and concepts that shape late-modern society, examining them through the lens of the biblical story running from Genesis to Revelation, and asking urgent questions like:

  • How does the Bible's storyline help us understand our society, our culture, and ourselves?
  • How do specific doctrines help us engage thoughtfully in the philosophical, political, and social questions of our day?
  • How can we analyze and critique culture and its alternative critical theories through Scripture?

 

Informed by the biblical-theological structure of Saint Augustine's magisterial work The City of God (and with extensive diagrams and practical tools), Biblical Critical Theory shows how the patterns of the Bible's storyline can provide incisive, fresh, and nuanced ways of intervening in today's debates on everything from science, the arts, and politics to dignity, multiculturalism, and equality. You'll learn the moves to make and the tools to use in analyzing and engaging with all sorts of cultural artifacts and events in a way that is both biblically faithful and culturally relevant.

It is not enough for Christians to explain the Bible to the culture or cultures in which we live. We must also explain the culture in which we live within the framework and categories of the Bible, revealing how the whole of the Bible sheds light on the whole of life.

If Christians want to speak with a fresh, engaging, and dynamic voice in the marketplace of ideas today, we need to mine the unique treasures of the distinctive biblical storyline.

Author Bio

Christopher Watkin (PhD, University of Cambridge) is senior lecturer in French studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a scholar with an international reputation in the area of modern and contemporary European thought, atheism, and the relationship between the Bible and philosophy. His published work runs the spectrum from academic monographs on contemporary philosophy to books written for general readers, both Christian and secular, and include Difficult Atheism, From Plato to Postmodernism, Great Thinkers: Jacques Derrida, and others.

Editorial Reviews

' . . . An ambitious, comprehensive, and thrilling work of Christian apologetics . . . The most significant work of its kind to appear in a decade.' -- RORY SHINER, Providence City Church, Perth

'[Chris Watkin] maps a path out of some of the most fundamental impasses of our time . . . Urgent and weighty, Biblical Critical Theory is . . . simply, a tremendously exciting read.' -- NATASHA MOORE, Centre for Public Christianity

'Christopher Watkin's expert, timely compendium of Christian Scripture's subversive engagement of dominating themes of our modern age brings welcome healing to our world.' -- ESTHER LIGHTCAP MEEK, Geneva College

'Every careful reader will be rewarded from repeated immersions in this profound and potentially transformative work.' -- TERENCE HALLIDAY, American Bar Foundation

'Incisive, accessible, and astonishing in scope . . . ' -- DOLORES G. MORRIS, University of South Florida

'This book is a feast. Chris Watkin accomplishes what few have.' -- WILLIAM EDGAR, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

'This book is a must-read for all serious thinkers.' -- SAM CHAN, City Bible Forum

'This is a magnificent achievement. It is a must-read . . . Here is a total defence and commendation of Christianity like no other. Buy it. Read it. Ponder it. Pass it on.' -- JOHN DICKSON, author and historian

'This is the best yet most accessible exploration of the intersection between Christianity, culture, and philosophy I've read in recent years.' -- NATHANIEL GRAY SUTANTO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

'This is truly the book I have long wanted to read, and I believe it deserves to become a standard text for all Christian leaders, teachers, evangelists, and any serious-minded believer.' -- RICHARD CUNNINGHAM, Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship

'A book that I have been eagerly anticipating for years. ... My prayers are that this book will bear much intellectual and spiritual fruit in many lives over the decades ahead.' -- TIMOTHY KELLER, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York

'A brilliant and unique book . . . It is the most biblical, up-to-date, and comprehensive analysis of contemporary Western culture that I know of.' -- JOSHUA CHATRAW, Center for Public Christianity

'A fresh way of seeing the world, life, culture, and the Bible . . . I highly recommend this book.' -- ALAN NOBLE, Oklahoma Baptist University

'A seminal text for us . . . A foundation and frame for years to come. Absolutely essential reading' -- DAN STRANGE, Crosslands Forum

'A wonderful book bringing the Scriptures--every part of them--into a deep and illuminating conversation with the concerns of culture.' -- GLEN SCRIVENER, Speak Life

'An effervescently brilliant book, that rare volume that excels both in biblical and cultural exegesis.' -- BRUCE RILEY ASHFORD, Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology

'An important update of Augustine's City of God, a proposal for making biblical sense of what is happening in contemporary culture.' -- KEVIN J. VANHOOZER, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

'Biblical Critical Theory doesn't just give us answers; it helps us to come up with better questions . . . An innovative and immensely fruitful paradigm.' -- MICHAEL HORTON, Westminster Seminary California

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