IVP - Behind the Books - Andy Crouch on Faith and Culture

April 20, 2007

Andy Crouch on Faith and Culture

Andy Crouch, director of the Christian Vision Project and author of a forthcoming IVP Book, had this to say to StudentSoul:

The place where faith and culture meet most fruitfully is where culture is broken. Taking our faith into culture means to find a creative way to serve in those broken places. There's no other resource for dealing with brokenness that's as powerful as the gospel lived out creatively and effectively in the context of local culture. The gospel gives us enough hope to enter into these very difficult, seemingly hopeless situations. . . . None of us really gets to change "the culture," but a lot of us could change something about our neighborhood or the school down the road from our house or the local theater company.
I like the contrast of images here: "The Faith" does battle against "The Culture"; meanwhile "our faith" sends us in search of brokenness within "local culture" to be creative agents of healing. Small and local may not be as sexy as a big battle, but it sure seems a lot more creative when you think about it.
Posted by Dave Zimmerman at April 20, 2007 7:15 AM Bookmark and Share


I wonder if Faith and Culture can be disentangled. Is not faith, somehow, tied to the culture of humanity? Just a first question... and I haven't mused about the implications, if any.

Comment by: L.L. Barkat at April 20, 2007 2:59 PM

Enjoyed the read. It is so true the small battles are as significant as the big.

Comment by: The Artist at April 20, 2007 6:01 PM

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