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* In 1951, Richard Niebuhr's seminal work established the agenda for church and cultural engagement for the next several decades. But he was writing and speaking to a predominantly Christian society. Now Carter re-examines Niebuhr's five models through a 21st-century lens, and proposes a typology better suited for today's postmodern climate. 192 pages, softcover from Brazos.
In 1951, theologian H. Richard Niebuhr published Christ and Culture, a hugely influential book that set the agenda for the church and cultural engagement for the next several decades. But Niebuhr's model was devised in and for a predominantly Christian cultural setting. How do we best understand the church and its writers in a world that is less and less Christian? Craig Carter critiques Niebuhr's still pervasive models and proposes a typology better suited to mission after Christendom.
Craig A. Carter (PhD, University of St. Michael's College) is associate professor of religious studies at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, and author of The Politics of the Cross.