Staublog January 8, 2004

Welcome Culturally Savvy Christians!

Snow is melting in Seattle and Culturewatching is in full swing.

¢â‚¬¢ Cold Mountain is getting rave reviews: See our analysis:
Cold Mountain

¢â‚¬¢ A NYT critic of culture observes that the demons driving creative people also destroy them.
The Pop Life: Drugs, Demons A Man in a Mask

¢â‚¬¢ Spymaster John le Carre risks alienating his American audience with accusations of lies in the war on terror:
Time:le Carre Spy in Winter

¢â‚¬¢ Yet another novel raises: A Question of Faith
A Question of Faith

¢â‚¬¢ For anybody questioning how new technologies affect human behavior? Read this piece on DVD’s:
DVD’s Change American Leisure Time

¢â‚¬¢ On the lighter side? How is church like football?:
Church Is Like Football

And finally. If you are looking for useful ways to define culture try these:

(Culture is the) ¢â‚¬Ëœartificial, secondary environment’ which man superimposes on the natural. It comprises language, habits, ideas, beliefs, customs, social organization, inherited artifacts, technical processes and values. This ¢â‚¬Ëœsocial heritage”, this ¢â‚¬Ëœsui generis’, which New Testament writers had in mind when they spoke of “the world”, which is represented in many forms but to which Christians like other men are inevitably subject, is what we mean when we speak of culture.
Richard Neibuhr Christ and Culture

A culture is¢â‚¬¦a system of inherited conceptions (intellectual), a set of common standards or behaviors (morals), a pattern of meanings embodied in symbols (material), and a series of conventions governing human interactions (institutional), by which human beings communicate and perpetuate, but also modify and develop, their knowledge about attitudes to life
Aidan Nichols Christendom Awake

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