From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 3

3. What Is Your Theology of Culture?

Our ability to function effectively as a Christian community under conditions of freedom depends to a critical extent on the way we understand our responsibility towards the surrounding culture. Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 3”

From Bondage to the Desert – 1.7 Christ Against Culture? – 4

1.7.4 The Need for Alternative Approaches

The ‘Christ against culture’ model is not the only option available for the Christian community. It may be the most effective means of survival in critical situations, but we believe it is definitely not the best approach in times of religious freedom.

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From Bondage to the Desert – 1.7 Christ Against Culture? – 1 A Biblical Theology of Culture

Richard Niebuhr, in Christ and Culture, presents five possible models for the engagement of the church with the surrounding culture. These are:

  • Christ against culture – the Anabaptist model
  • Christ above culture – the Catholic and Orthodox model
  • Christ and culture in paradox – the Lutheran model
  • Christ of culture – the liberal Protestant model
  • Christ transforming culture – the Reformed model

Each of these models has its own strengths and limitations, and each may be more effective in a certain given context and at a certain given time than in others.

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