In a recent interview over at The Other Journal, James Davison Hunter (who has the dubious honour of giving the world the term ‘culture wars’ — although apparently when he coined the phrase he was trying to point out a way of thinking about culture and values that was to be avoided) paints this picture of a Christianity that’s ‘faithfully present’ in Western culture:
[T]here is no question in my mind that Christians would be considered even more odd than they are today by virtue of what they believe and the morality by which they live, and yet because they are fully engaged in each sphere of life as individuals and communities of character, they would serve as a credible and creditable conscience of the overlapping communities they inhabit. Odd, to be sure, but no one would deny that they do extraordinary good in the world. Neither would anyone doubt that they serve the cities and communities in which they live very well.
I don’t know about you, but I find this inspiring (and challenging)!
It’s a tremendously stimulating interview — and I’m very keen to get my hands on a copy of Hunter’s new book, To Change The World. It’s got me pondering (again) about how Christians can rightly and winsomely exert an irresistible influence on our culture…