To Change the World, by James Davison Hunter (installment 1)
September 28, 2010
Since I started making blog entries, seldom have I recommended a book before I am done with it. I am making an exception with this one, but in the process I am really recommending one chapter particularly. Perhaps I will come back to address the whole book when I am done digesting it with three friends.
This book provides a possible mind-changing discussion on cultural change in our modern world. It is not an easy book to read with some serious philosophical and historical analyses as well as careful discussion on social theory. It is not for everyone.
With that said, chapter six, "The Cultural Economy of American Christianity (79-92)," is one of the clearest, honest assessments of the impact on our world by American Christianity that I have ever read. His assessment is that we are marginalized and weak at best.
It is a profound reading of our times without blinders on as others seem to do. The chapter is excellent reading for anyone who is thinking and wants to understand what possible impact we are having or not having on our world. I'll get back to you about the whole book.