Border Crossings: Christian Trespasses on Popular Culture and Public Affairs

Border Crossings: Christian Trespasses on Popular Culture and Public Affairs

by Rodney Clapp
     
 
The usual modern assumption is that Christians are supposed to leave explicitly Christian convictions and practices behind when they engage public affairs and popular culture. In this fascinating book, Rodney Clapp rejects that assumption and trespasses onto secular territory--from global corporations to Winnie-the-Pooh, from family values to The X-Files, from

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The usual modern assumption is that Christians are supposed to leave explicitly Christian convictions and practices behind when they engage public affairs and popular culture. In this fascinating book, Rodney Clapp rejects that assumption and trespasses onto secular territory--from global corporations to Winnie-the-Pooh, from family values to The X-Files, from consumerism to Hank Williams and John Coltrane.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clapp's latest book is another prophetic offering from an anomalous Christian evangelical. The author of Families at the Crossroads and The Consuming Passion, Clapp knows the subculture well, having worked at Christianity Today, InterVarsity Press, and now Baker Books. But he has cast his lot liturgically with the Episcopalians, and he runs with the radicals from ESA (Evangelicals for Social Action). He also enjoys jazz and country music, films and TV, children's literature and epistemology. All these interests and more merge in this collection of essays. What unifies them is Clapp's contention that Christians have "disembodied the faith and dismembered (that is, individualized) the Church." Postmodernist, postfoundationalist and ecclesiocentric, he argues that the language of the church ought to be the most basic language Christians speak, and that their forays into other areas of public culture (across "borders") should be undertaken first and foremost as Christians. With these essays, he not only argues that this is so, but shows how it can be done. Clapp writes with wit and verve--and with a little nerve, too. He's not given to academic "flank-guarding," though he writes for an educated audience. His style is winsome and accessible, generously citing other authors, pointing to good thinking and writing when he sees it. Others will point to this book in the same way. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587430039
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rodney Clapp is the Editorial Director of Brazos Press. His previous books include A Peculiar People: The Church as Culture in a Post-Christian Society and Families at the Crossroads: Beyond Traditional & Modern Options.

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