Friday, September 16, 2005

Christianity and Society I

I have been reviewing a number of books lately that seem to be interwoven. At least, buying their arguements gives you a prism to view how current events play out. The first book is the timeless Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. Basic Christianity it could be called, what we believe beneath the factions of doctrine. If you read no other commentary on Christianity, this is the one to read. Even as a Christian of some 26 years and may Bible studies later, Lewis is able to clearly communicate Christian truths that I have half understood or articulated.

The second is The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. It is subtitled: An American Prophecy: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny. This book looks at generational dynamics and their roles in the cycle of US history, how those roles effect the next generation and societal bonds and what the authors envision the next generation to compass.

The third is Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Post-Modern World by Robert E. Webber. Webber examines Classical Christianity, "catholic" small c, and how they shaped their message and how they functioned in a pagan and relativistic society similar to society today. He asks the question: How do we as Christians tailor our message so it can best be received in the post modern world that views truth as relative?

What do we believe? How is our generational dynamic effecting our society and how will it influence the next generation? How will this effect the tangible and the day to day? How can we effectively communicate what we believe so that it resonates and captures the "gut" of our fellows, our children, our world? As I try to synthesize a coherent answer to these questions I will post in the following weeks my thought process.

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