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Faithful Presence

15 May 2010

I just read some reviews and reactions to a new book by James Davison Hunter, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (Oxford University Press, April 2010 368 pp., $27.95)  It seems he is fairly critical of other approaches and argues for “faithful presence”.

I am not sure what I think of his evaluation of culture – the stress on the importance of infrastructure, the importance of centrality, the elite, and the non-consequence of the periphery – I will have to read more. BUT I really resonate with much that he say about a Christian presence in the world – along the lines of what I would call a kenotic witness – really believing and acting out the upside-down, servant, self-emptying values of Jesus and his Kingdom.

See the excerpts I noted on three reviews / reactions to the book (including by those he criticized in the book) on my diigo – http://www.diigo.com/user/jmac62/hunter

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

by James Davison Hunter

Oxford University Press, April 2010

368 pp., $27.95

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