Christ and culture: five views - Focus on the FamilyThis article analyzes H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture. Keywords: Christian ethics , God , Christian ethical history , faith. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
Christ and culture: five views
The problem has challenged the church during the course of its entire existence: How are Christians to engage and relate to the surrounding culture? How should we then live? What does it look like to be in the world but not of it? Niebuhr proposed five models, which he labelled as: 1 Christ against culture; 2 Christ of culture; 3 Christ above culture; 4 Christ and culture in paradox; and 5 Christ the transformer of culture. Christ against culture occupies one extreme of the continuum. All expressions of culture outside the church are viewed with a high degree of suspicion and as irreparably corrupted by sin. They are to be withdrawn from and avoided as much as possible.
pages remaining for PDF print/chapter download (of 58) Takes as its starting point Niebuhr's famous volume on'Christ and Culture' published in the s.
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