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Culture Making

Recovering Our Creative Calling

by Andy Crouch

2009 Chris­tian­i­ty Today Book Award win­ner! Named one of Pub­lish­ers Week­lys best books of 2008 (reli­gion cat­e­go­ry) It is not enough to con­demn cul­ture. Nor is it suf­fi­cient mere­ly to cri­tique cul­ture or to copy cul­ture. Most of the time, we just con­sume cul­ture. But the only way to change cul­ture is to cre­ate cul­ture. Andy Crouch unleash­es a stir­ring man­i­festo call­ing Chris­tians to be cul­ture mak­ers. For too long, Chris­tians have had an insuf­fi­cient view of cul­ture and have waged mis­guid­ed cul­ture wars.” But we must reclaim the cul­tur­al man­date to be the cre­ative cul­ti­va­tors that God designed us to be. Cul­ture is what we make of the world, both in cre­at­ing cul­tur­al arti­facts as well as in mak­ing sense of the world around us. By mak­ing chairs and omelets, lan­guages and laws, we par­tic­i­pate in the good work of cul­ture mak­ing. Crouch unpacks the com­plex­i­ties of how cul­ture works and gives us tools for cul­ti­vat­ing and cre­at­ing cul­ture. He nav­i­gates the dynam­ics of cul­tur­al change and probes the role and effi­ca­cy of our var­i­ous cul­tur­al ges­tures and pos­tures. Keen bib­li­cal expo­si­tion demon­strates that cre­at­ing cul­ture is cen­tral to the whole scrip­tur­al nar­ra­tive, the min­istry of Jesus and the call to the church. He guards against naïve assump­tions about chang­ing the world,” but points us to hope­ful exam­ples from church his­to­ry and con­tem­po­rary soci­ety of how cul­ture is made and shaped. Ulti­mate­ly, our cul­ture mak­ing is done in part­ner­ship with God’s own mak­ing and trans­form­ing of cul­ture. A mod­el of his premise, this land­mark book is sure to be a ral­ly­ing cry for a new gen­er­a­tion of cul­tur­al­ly cre­ative Chris­tians. Dis­cov­er your call­ing and join the cul­ture makers.

2013

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