A look at the writer’s most powerful ideas.
Source: 12 Francis Schaeffer Quotes That Will Challenge the Way You Engage Culture | RELEVANT Magazine
Reading anew these quotes I realised agaion why I loved so much Schaeffer’s early take on culture.
At the same time, I realise now how troubled I am by the sexist language he uses in these quotes. He should have known better, but how many of us did have that sensitivity at the time?
Finally, it is such a pity that in his latest phase, Schaeffer became more of an activist of the Christian Right than a thinker.
Nevertheless, these quotes are worth considering, in spite of it all.
Source: Edictum Dei | Dumnezeu și experiența modernității
Horia-Roman Patapievici la Edictum Dei la Cluj.
Analysis of WVS data made by political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel asserts that there are two major dimensions of cross cultural variation in the world:
Traditional values versus Secular-rational values and Survival values versus Self-expression values. The global cultural map (below) shows how scores of societies are located on these two dimensions.
Moving upward on this map reflects the shift from Traditional values to Secular-rational and moving rightward reflects the shift from Survival values to Self–expression values.
Traditional values emphasize the importance of religion, parent-child ties, deference to authority and traditional family values. People who embrace these values also reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide. These societies have high levels of national pride and a nationalistic outlook.
Secular-rational values have the opposite preferences to the traditional values. These societies place less emphasis on religion, traditional family values and authority. Divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide are seen as relatively acceptable. (Suicide is not necessarily more common.)
Survival values place emphasis on economic and physical security. It is linked with a relatively ethnocentric outlook and low levels of trust and tolerance.
Self-expression values give high priority to environmental protection, growing tolerance of foreigners, gays and lesbians and gender equality, and rising demands for participation in decision-making in economic and political life.
(Source, HERE. The World Values Survey on Inglehart-Wenzel map, HERE. )
Opposition to Gender Equality, East and West. | Jenny Rae Armstrong.
One of my Facebook contact shared this link on the internet. Here is my reaction to it.
Seriously? Is ‘dowry’ biblical?
What makes something to be ‘biblical’? its presence in the text. We can find the devil there too. If the devil ‘biblical’? We also find there the genocide at the time of Joshua. Is genocide also ‘biblical’?
Let’s be serious and not play games with these dangerous things.
If Jenny is right on something, is the fact that we should not try to impose western rules on other cultures (nor the other way around). However, we also have to be aware that no culture is 100% ‘biblical’ (in the correct sense of the word, meaning compatible with the ‘mind of God’). That is why all cultures, be them in the East or the West, have to be judged in light of God’s revelation, correctly understood – meaning, not in a literalist/biblicist manner, which could lead to heresy, and even worse, but ecclesially – both in a synchronic and a diachronic manner.
How much must Papayya ‘know’ about the Gospel to be converted?
by Paul G. Hiebert
Can an illiterate peasant become a Christian after hearing the Gospel only once? And, if so, what do we mean by conversion?
Imagine, for a moment, Papayya, an Indian peasant, returning to his village after a hard day’s work in the fields. His wife is still preparing the evening meal, so, to pass the time, he wanders over to the village square. There he notices a stranger surrounded by a few curiosity seekers. Tired and hungry, he sits down to hear what the man is saying. For an hour he listens to a message of a new God, and something which he hears moves him deeply. Later he asks the stranger about the New Way, and then, almost as if by impulse, he bows his head and prays to this God who is said to have appeared to humans in the form of Jesus. Continue reading “Conversion, Culture and Cognitive Categories – 1”
Conversion is a much discussed topic these days, whether in the context of the much abused concept of proselytism or in terms of a theology and anthropology of missions.
Paul Hiebert, who was a professor of missions and anthropology at Fuller on Pasadena, Ca. and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deedfield, Ill. wrote in 1978 a seminal article on the theme of ‘Conversion, Culture and Cognitive Categories’.
Continue reading “Conversion in Cultural Perspective”