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Publication Date: 16 Mar 2017
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 272
Author: William Edgar
ISBN-13: 9781783595488, 9781783595495

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A Biblical Theology Of Culture
By William Edgar
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The gospel of Jesus Christ is always situated within a particular cultural context: but how should Christians approach the complex relationship between their faith and the surrounding culture?

Should we simply retreat from culture? Should we embrace our cultural practices and mindset? How important is it for us to be engaged with our culture and mindset? How might we do that with discernment and faithfulness?

William Edgar offers a biblical theology in the light of our contemporary culture that contends that Christians should -- and indeed, must -- engage with the surrounding culture.

By exploring what Scripture has to say about the role of culture and gleaning insights from a variety of theologians -- including Abraham Kuyper, T. S. Eliot, H. Richard Niebuhr and C. S. Lewis -- Edgar contends that cultural engagement is a fundamental aspect of human existence. He does not shy away from those passages that emphasize the distinction between Christians and the world. Yet he finds, shining through the biblical witness, evidence that supports a robust defence of the cultural mandate to 'be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it' (Genesis 1:28).

With clarity and wisdom, Edgar argues that we are most faithful to our calling as God's creatures when we participate in creating culture.

Part 1: Parameters of culture
Part 2: Challenges from Scripture
Part 3: The cultural mandate
About the Author
Professor of Apologetics, holder of the John Boyer Chair of Evangelism and Culture and coordinator of the apologetics department at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. His books include A Transforming Vision: The Lord's Prayer as a Lens for Life, Francis Schaeffer on the Christian Life, Christian Apologetics Past and Present and Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith.
Press Reviews

Anything from the pen of Bill Edgar is profitable to read, but this subject is in Bill's wheelhouse. An important book on a topic that, for Western Christians, has never been so crucial.

- Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

Christians are often confused or even fearful about cultural trends. The help they need is clearly and accessibly offered in Bill Edgar's book. It is biblical, gently Reformed, and written with wisdom and grace.

- Willaim Dyrness, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

[An] interesting and wide-ranging survey of the concept of culture.

- Church Times

rich biblical substructure

- Inspire Magazine

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