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Paul M Gould ð 5 review review Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free The post Christian world we inhabit today presents us with a mundane and disenchanted view of reality Under the sway of materialism and science we have been left with a way of seeing thinking and living that has no place for beauty and wonder We now live in a world bereft of magic and mysteryMany including many Christians no longer perceive the world in its proper light As a result the Christian imagination is muted Moreover the church has grown anti intellectual and sensate out of touch with the relevancy of Jesus and how to relate the gospel to all aspects of contemporary life As a result the Christian voice is muted In this age Christian wholeness remains elusive blunting the churchs ability to present a winsome and compelling witness for faith As a result the Christian conscience is mutedCultural Apologetics addresses this malaise by setting forth a fresh model for cultural engagement rooted in the biblical account of Pauls speech on Mars Hill which details practical steps for reestablishing the Christian voice conscience and imagination Readers will be euipped to see and help others see the world as it is deeply beautiful mysterious and sacredWith creative insights Cultural Apologetics prepares readers to share a vision of the Christian faith that is both plausible and desirable offering clarity for those who have become disoriented in the haze of modern Western culture Dr Gould is an accomplished and productive philosopher who has trained his abilities on a crucial issue How can we reignite the imagination for the purpose of communicating the Christian worldview to the watching worldGould carefully explains his understanding of cultural apologetics situating it within the larger apologetic task and not divorcing it from rational argument He often draws wisely from C S Lewis and is conversant with the best of modern philosophy and apologeticsI used this book as a text at Denver Seminary and am happy I did as were my students

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Paul M Gould ð 5 review review Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free The post Christian world we inhabit today presents us with a mundane and disenchanted view of reality Under the sway of materialism and science we have been left with a way of seeing thinking and living that has no place for beauty and wonder We now live in a world bereft of magic and mysteryMany including many Christians no longer perceive the world in its proper light As a result the Christian imagination is muted Moreover the church has grown anti intellectual and sensate out of touch with the relevancy of Jesus and how to relate the gospel to all aspects of contemporary life As a result the Christian voice is muted In this age Christian wholeness remains elusive blunting the churchs ability to present a winsome and compelling witness for faith As a result the Christian conscience is mutedCultural Apologetics addresses this malaise by setting forth a fresh model for cultural engagement rooted in the biblical account of Pauls speech on Mars Hill which details practical steps for reestablishing the Christian voice conscience and imagination Readers will be euipped to see and help others see the world as it is deeply beautiful mysterious and sacredWith creative insights Cultural Apologetics prepares readers to share a vision of the Christian faith that is both plausible and desirable offering clarity for those who have become disoriented in the haze of modern Western culture The Apostle Paul knew the importance of a proper approach In the Book of Colossians he wrote Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders make the most of every opportunity Let your conversation be always full of grace seasoned with salt so that you may know how to answer everyone Col 42 NIV bold mineKnowing how to answer everyone assumes that there s no pat answers In the case of the Christian faith a proper approach varies per person Some spiritual seekers need an answer to complex philosophical uestions others don t Some need to be engaged emotionally others intellectually But to do this reuires flexibility as well as a nuanced approach to traditional apologeticsIn Cultural Apologetics Renewing the Christian Voice Conscience and Imagination in a Disenchanted World author Paul Gould suggests that knowing how to respond to spiritual seekers involves than just answering a checklist of objections Rather contemporary apologetics demands understanding the cultural zeitgeistUsing the biblical account of the Apostle Paul preaching to the Athenians on Mars Hill Acts 17 16 33 Gould outlines a holistic approach to apologetics one that involves identifying a cultural starting point for building a bridge to the gospel pg 27 from which to share rational and historical evidences for the Christian faith Using that template Gould diagnoses contemporary culture and its lens to the world How does our culture perceive the world In a word we are disenchanted The view of the world presented to us in the Bible is sacred and beautiful yet our culture treats it as mundane ordinary and familiar As a culture we are under a spell of materialism We assume concepts like beauty goodness and holiness but they are disassociated from the wonder of receiving them as a gift from our Creator Belief in God faith and religion are an embarrassment Yet there is universal longing for transcendence a nostalgia for an enchanted cosmos something beyond the ordinary and mundane that will not leave us Moden culture is obsessed with contraband transcendence a kind of spirituality and occultism that is antitheistic and antihumanistic Moderns insist that everything is matter At the same time through their actions they reveal a deep longing to connect to something beyond the material world pg 27 italics in originalDisenchantment is the result of maintaining a commitment to rationalistic materialism while still experiencing a deep instinctual desire for the transcendentKnowing this helps the church better craft her approach to culture The missionary work of the church then is conceived as a return to enchantment a reenchantment of reality through the awakening of desires pg 45So how do we reawaken the desires of spiritual seekersUsing disenchantment as the pervasive sentiment shaping cultural expressions Gould distills three universal longings that can serve as the aforementioned starting points for building bridges to the gospel Those three universal longings areTruthGoodnessBeautyIn this way the goal of the Christian apologist is not simply to make Christianity appear reasonable but desirable to address both rational and transcendental longings By appealing to by emulating by sowing Truth Goodness and Beauty we seek to re enchant the dis enchanted These three universal longings for truth for goodness and beauty can serve as fitting starting points for a cultural apologetic These universal human longings cannot be eradicated Unfortunately they can be and often are muted and repressed It s possible to settle for cheap counterfeits too This is why God has provided guides within the human soul to help us on our journey Reason guides us on our uest for truth The conscience leads us to goodness And the imagination transports us to beauty pg 29Here Gould introduces us to three bridges the evangelist can use to engage the disenchanted reason conscience and imaginationThe intellectually and existentially disenchanted long for Truth and Reason is the bridge to re enchantmentThe morally disillusioned long for Goodness and Conscience is the bridge to re enchantmentThe emotionally and sensually disillusioned long for Beauty and Imagination is the bridge to re enchantmentCultural aplogetics is holistic in the sense that it engages culture at multiple junctures Disenchantment is not the result of one thing Neither should the call to re enchantment be Modern man has been shaped by numerous elements and ideas Science Philosophy Political Theory Art Fashion Film Music all these things speak in one form to our innate desires for Truth Goodness and Beauty Disenchantment is the confluence of many streams Because of this the Church s missional work to re enchant the spiritually disillusioned should encompass a broad swath of institutions mediums and platforms the academy the arts literature technology politics Such institutions are tributaries to the larger cultural riverWhich brings me to one of the reasons why Gould s Cultural Apologetics so fascinated me Most apologetic approaches fail to integrate Arts and the Imagination as tools for evangelism Like Holly Ordway s Apologetics and the Christian Imagination Gould acknowledges the powerful role that the arts play in engaging and shaping culture Here he uotes philosopher Roger Scruton Art as we have known it stands on the threshold of the transcendental It points beyond this world of accidental and disconnected things to another realm in which human life is endowed with an emotional logic that makes suffering noble and love worthwhile Nobody who is alert to beauty therefore is without the concept of redemption of a final transcendence of moral disorder into a kingdom of ends pg 104As someone who is both interested in engaging secular culture and using my art to do so the balance between the two has been tenuous While some approach story as an opportunity to preach to the choir others abandon all pretense and simply seek to entertain So it s refreshing to see Gould put forth a holistic approach Many if not all good stories are good precisely because they point to the one true story of the world the gospel In the gospel as in the very best fairy stories we find what we long for a magical world life eternal love unbounded the defeat of evil and a happy ending And all good stories point us to Jesus even if they do so indirectly We are drawn to some stories over others because we intuit that they reflect reality that they are somehow connected to another ongoing story Fictional stories prepare us to recognize the true story when we see it They are windows to another world beckoning for us to look through for the One who offers us joy unending pg 113Knowing how to answer everyone Col 42 means acknowledging that everyone is different While some seekers reuire rigorous intellectual engagement others might need a kind word or a timely story Being a good apologist means learning to discern who needs what However one factor that binds all of us together is disenchantment We desire Truth Goodness and Beauty but too often settle for empty substitutes Not only must Christians be re enchanted by the wonder of God s creation and grace we must make it our mission to challenge our disenchanted age at every front Paul Gould s Cultural Apologetics Renewing the Christian Voice Conscience and Imagination in a Disenchanted World is helpful tool to that end Le Monde Grec you act toward outsiders make the most of every opportunity Let Another Fine Mess: Across the USA in a Ford Model T your conversation be always full of grace seasoned with salt so that Sept vies pour Dieu et l'Algérie you may know how to answer everyone Col 42 NIV bold mineKnowing how to answer everyone assumes that there s no pat answers In the case of the Christian faith a proper approach varies per person Some spiritual seekers need an answer to complex philosophical uestions others don t Some need to be engaged emotionally others intellectually But to do this reuires flexibility as well as a nuanced approach to traditional apologeticsIn Cultural Apologetics Renewing the Christian Voice Conscience and Imagination in a Disenchanted World author Paul Gould suggests that knowing how to respond to spiritual seekers involves than just answering a checklist of objections Rather contemporary apologetics demands understanding the cultural zeitgeistUsing the biblical account of the Apostle Paul preaching to the Athenians on Mars Hill Acts 17 16 33 Gould outlines a holistic approach to apologetics one that involves identifying a cultural starting point for building a bridge to the gospel pg 27 from which to share rational and historical evidences for the Christian faith Using that template Gould diagnoses contemporary culture and its lens to the world How does our culture perceive the world In a word we are disenchanted The view of the world presented to us in the Bible is sacred and beautiful Majestueux Viet-Nam yet our culture treats it as mundane ordinary and familiar As a culture we are under a spell of materialism We assume concepts like beauty goodness and holiness but they are disassociated from the wonder of receiving them as a gift from our Creator Belief in God faith and religion are an embarrassment Yet there is universal longing for transcendence a nostalgia for an enchanted cosmos something beyond the ordinary and mundane that will not leave us Moden culture is obsessed with contraband transcendence a kind of spirituality and occultism that is antitheistic and antihumanistic Moderns insist that everything is matter At the same time through their actions they reveal a deep longing to connect to something beyond the material world pg 27 italics in originalDisenchantment is the result of maintaining a commitment to rationalistic materialism while still experiencing a deep instinctual desire for the transcendentKnowing this helps the church better craft her approach to culture The missionary work of the church then is conceived as a return to enchantment a reenchantment of reality through the awakening of desires pg 45So how do we reawaken the desires of spiritual seekersUsing disenchantment as the pervasive sentiment shaping cultural expressions Gould distills three universal longings that can serve as the aforementioned starting points for building bridges to the gospel Those three universal longings areTruthGoodnessBeautyIn this way the goal of the Christian apologist is not simply to make Christianity appear reasonable but desirable to address both rational and transcendental longings By appealing to by emulating by sowing Truth Goodness and Beauty we seek to re enchant the dis enchanted These three universal longings for truth for goodness and beauty can serve as fitting starting points for a cultural apologetic These universal human longings cannot be eradicated Unfortunately they can be and often are muted and repressed It s possible to settle for cheap counterfeits too This is why God has provided guides within the human soul to help us on our journey Reason guides us on our uest for truth The conscience leads us to goodness And the imagination transports us to beauty pg 29Here Gould introduces us to three bridges the evangelist can use to engage the disenchanted reason conscience and imaginationThe intellectually and existentially disenchanted long for Truth and Reason is the bridge to re enchantmentThe morally disillusioned long for Goodness and Conscience is the bridge to re enchantmentThe emotionally and sensually disillusioned long for Beauty and Imagination is the bridge to re enchantmentCultural aplogetics is holistic in the sense that it engages culture at multiple junctures Disenchantment is not the result of one thing Neither should the call to re enchantment be Modern man has been shaped by numerous elements and ideas Science Philosophy Political Theory Art Fashion Film Music all these things speak in one form to our innate desires for Truth Goodness and Beauty Disenchantment is the confluence of many streams Because of this the Church s missional work to re enchant the spiritually disillusioned should encompass a broad swath of institutions mediums and platforms the academy the arts literature technology politics Such institutions are tributaries to the larger cultural riverWhich brings me to one of the reasons why Gould s Cultural Apologetics so fascinated me Most apologetic approaches fail to integrate Arts and the Imagination as tools for evangelism Like Holly Ordway s Apologetics and the Christian Imagination Gould acknowledges the powerful role that the arts play in engaging and shaping culture Here he uotes philosopher Roger Scruton Art as we have known it stands on the threshold of the transcendental It points beyond this world of accidental and disconnected things to another realm in which human life is endowed with an emotional logic that makes suffering noble and love worthwhile Nobody who is alert to beauty therefore is without the concept of redemption of a final transcendence of moral disorder into a kingdom of ends pg 104As someone who is both interested in engaging secular culture and using my art to do so the balance between the two has been tenuous While some approach story as an opportunity to preach to the choir others abandon all pretense and simply seek to entertain So it s refreshing to see Gould put forth a holistic approach Many if not all good stories are good precisely because they point to the one true story of the world the gospel In the gospel as in the very best fairy stories we find what we long for a magical world life eternal love unbounded the defeat of evil and a happy ending And all good stories point us to Jesus even if they do so indirectly We are drawn to some stories over others because we intuit that they reflect reality that they are somehow connected to another ongoing story Fictional stories prepare us to recognize the true story when we see it They are windows to another world beckoning for us to look through for the One who offers us joy unending pg 113Knowing how to answer everyone Col 42 means acknowledging that everyone is different While some seekers reuire rigorous intellectual engagement others might need a kind word or a timely story Being a good apologist means learning to discern who needs what However one factor that binds all of us together is disenchantment We desire Truth Goodness and Beauty but too often settle for empty substitutes Not only must Christians be re enchanted by the wonder of God s creation and grace we must make it our mission to challenge our disenchanted age at every front Paul Gould s Cultural Apologetics Renewing the Christian Voice Conscience and Imagination in a Disenchanted World is helpful tool to that end

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Paul M Gould ð 5 review review Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free The post Christian world we inhabit today presents us with a mundane and disenchanted view of reality Under the sway of materialism and science we have been left with a way of seeing thinking and living that has no place for beauty and wonder We now live in a world bereft of magic and mysteryMany including many Christians no longer perceive the world in its proper light As a result the Christian imagination is muted Moreover the church has grown anti intellectual and sensate out of touch with the relevancy of Jesus and how to relate the gospel to all aspects of contemporary life As a result the Christian voice is muted In this age Christian wholeness remains elusive blunting the churchs ability to present a winsome and compelling witness for faith As a result the Christian conscience is mutedCultural Apologetics addresses this malaise by setting forth a fresh model for cultural engagement rooted in the biblical account of Pauls speech on Mars Hill which details practical steps for reestablishing the Christian voice conscience and imagination Readers will be euipped to see and help others see the world as it is deeply beautiful mysterious and sacredWith creative insights Cultural Apologetics prepares readers to share a vision of the Christian faith that is both plausible and desirable offering clarity for those who have become disoriented in the haze of modern Western culture It s no secret the Christian voice is muted in western culture What happened Culturally we have become disenchanted numb to God and His work in our world Dr Paul Gould shares a brilliant path forward for the church in this book He sees all of life and the life of a culture as a cycle of disenchantment to re enchantment The model is well thought out and truly a breath of fresh air in the apologetic world This book can euip ANYONE to engage culture for Jesus and awaken them to the beauty and mystery of the created world Don t think this is a work tossed down to us from the ivory towers of academia Dr Gould s writing is warm inviting and clear This is a book for every Christian