Dick Staub’s Culturally Savvy Christian: Sneak Preview

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Check out Dick Staub’s new bookThe Culturally Savvy Christian.

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For those of you wondering about the buzz surrounding Dick’s new book—here is a snippet from the introduction.

INTRODUCTION

In this intellectually and aesthetically impoverished age of Christianity-Lite it is heartening to remember that for centuries Christians were known for their intellectual, artistic and spiritual contributions to society. Bach, Mendelssohn, Dante, Dostoevsky, Newton, Pascal and Rembrandt are but a few who personified the rich tradition of faith, producing the highest and best work, motivated by a desire to glorify God and offered in service of others for the enrichment of our common environment: culture.

These were culturally savvy Christians–serious about the centrality of faith in their lives, savvy about both faith and culture, and skilled in relating the two. Their calling was to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who came to the world as a loving, transforming presence. They transformed culture by fulfilling their roles as creators of culture, communicators in culture, and at times, as countercultural influencers, who operated like aliens in a foreign land.

Just sixty years ago during WWII it was a culturally savvy Christian, C.S. Lewis, who calmed and comforted a frazzled British population by delivering a rousing set of talks on the BBC aimed at explaining Christianity to a so-called “Christian nation.” Fifty years ago that series of talks was published as Mere Christianity, taking its place alongside Lewis’ sixty other published works in genres as diverse as children’s fiction (The Chronicles of Narnia), science fiction (Perelandra), satire (The Screwtape Letters), autobiography (Surprised by Joy) and Christian apologetics (Miracles, The Problem of Pain). Lewis’ dear friend J.R.R. Tolkien, another culturally savvy Christian, labored over his crowning achievement The Lord of the Rings, which he unapologetically described as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” It was named as the most influential book of the twentieth century in four separate polls.

But Lewis and Tolkien passed from the scene just when they were needed most — during the sixties, an era of a global cultural devolution characterized by the rising influence of popular culture and the declining influence of Christianity. Culturally Savvy Christians were displaced by a less robust version of Christians who were content to withdraw from or do combat with culture, or worse yet, to build an imitative, intellectually and aesthetically vacuous parallel universe to culture.

(To read the full introduction—read the book!)

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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