Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling [Book Review]

Main Point: Making culture is the work of every Christ-follower. Given that Christ is Lord over all things, He is also Lord over culture.

Andy Crouch says just thinking correctly is not enough. World-view seminars and focused attention on developing a transforming, over-arching vision of God’s Sovereignty over all things are good but don’t go far enough. What’s needed is locomotion to propel that vision out into the world—which is the work of making culture. Crouch makes a convincing point that the total work of our lives can go far toward populating our worlds with cultural artifacts—the very things God has gifted each of us to do. When thinking turns to culture making, an outward-focus vision with the capacity to mold culture is the result. Hiding from culture achieves nothing.

But what’s a cultural artifact? Anything we do that contributes to the culture around us. Our writing. Our painting. Our art. But that’s only the beginning. Whatever work we spend ourt days on becomes a point of contribution to Culture. And each cultural artifact arises out of that vision, whether consciously or unconsciously.

We need also to contribute to culture by making cultural artifacts that reflect the fact of God’s sovereign control over all things.

The chapter on vocation was interesting but felt deficient in that Crouch implied a great joy of effectiveness in the particular place we are to make culture. I’ve not found that to be the case. Then again,  I hope it will be the case.

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One response to “Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling [Book Review]

  1. I am going to order this book. I have long been part of a tradition that places a priority on thinking Christianly. Many in my tradition have produced artifacts as an expression of obedience to God. That said, our most noteworthy artifact is a college, a place for thinking. Recently I have started an organic farm. Producing food organically would be applauded by many as an obedient method. I like being organic. But I have many questions I ask myself. Should my farm be different from that of an unbeliever? Is organic really the only way a Christian should farm? I strongly suspect not.

    Thanks for the review.

    Arlan K

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