Deep Faith: Deep Culture. Top 50.

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Today I need your help. Based on my thesis that a satisfying spiritual quest requires going deeper in faith and deeper in culture (read below), I am compiling a Top 50 list of the most important ways the disciple accomplishes this. It could be from the Bible, an early church Father, a mystic or a clown.

I’d appreciate it if you’d take a minute and make a list (short or long) and send it to me today!!! mail your comments to culturewatch@dickstaub.com

Thesis: Our human needs are deep, yet our superficial popular culture has influenced Christianity, which has taken on the characteristics of our superficial age and is therefore unable to meet our deepest human needs.

Going deeper in spirituality has traditionally meant a withdrawal from culture through a monastic or cocooned life. Jesus offered a third way that involves going deeper in faith AND deeper in culture. Going deeper in culture does not jeopardize depth of faith and as a matter of fact, a deeper faith should produce a deeper and richer culture.

These issues are particularly important to the younger generation, which is trying to retain the faith through a kind of cultural anorexia, or is abandoning the faith or accepting a superficial version of faith through their cultural gluttony.

Going deeper begins by re-imagining our own faith tradition (86% of Americans still declare Christianity as their official religion). Sixty years ago, C.S. Lewis took on this challenge by translating basic Christianity to England, a Christian nation, because the typical churchgoer did not know or understand his own religion. In the same way, for today’s Christian the path to spiritual life and cultural influence is in rediscovering Jesus and his call into the world.

Jesus was a loving, transforming presence and called his disciples to follow him in a rigorous life of self-denial, cross bearing that fully engaged mind, body, heart and soul. Lewis represented a dynamic blend of intellectual, spiritual and artistic Christianity characteristic of one who went deeper in faith and deeper in culture. Ours is a call to become Deep Christians while going deeper in culture.

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

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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