VanHoozer's chapter was great, as was the one examining how Eminem relates to culture. Jan 19, Brett rated it it was amazing Shelves: theology , ministry , missions , sociology. In some sense, culture IS theology. The world is full of cultural texts and trends which answer whether explicitly or implicitly basic theological questions e. Why are we here?
What is the good life? The first chapter is written by Vanhoozer and provides the basic philosophy and methodology of this approach.
In all, Everyday Theology is an excellent introduction to cultural hermeneutics, providing principles, application, and further resources. Great intro to the topic of "cultural exegesis" and quite a few decent examples of such, looking at the music of Eminem, for example, or the film Gladiator, or the culture of busyness and time-saving, or grocery store checkout lines, or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Apparently it came out of a class that Kevin J.
Vanhoozer taught. Mar 24, Ko Matsuo rated it it was ok. I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was hoping that the author would shed some light on creating a framework to understand culture in terms of Scripture. I was hopeful when Vanhoozer briefly touched on how the apostle John used the Greek concept of Logos to tie Greek thinking to the Gospel message.
This book turned out to be a compilation of several essays from different authors focusing on explaining modern trends with not much additional insight. I found themes to be loosely bu I was really looking forward to reading this book. I found themes to be loosely but insufficiently tied together. Sep 20, Chuck rated it really liked it. A great approach to understanding contemporary culture.
The final chapter was a little disappointing--wish it had more conclusion-like comments instead of this-is-what-you-can-do approaches. It would have been a better partner chapter to the opening explanations. Aug 30, Stephen Yates added it. Really two books - an initial chapter by Vanhoozer, and a series of essays by his students laced with his book reviews and vocabulary help.
His chapter helps define a system for doing cultural theology which is incredibly holistic - taking into perspective all different fields. This helps avoid a reductionism which plagues things like Marxism or other philosophies which often attempt to define 'the' thing in culture. Jan 17, M. This word is used to describe music, movies, rituals, universal cultural experiences, etc. Although it is not a how too it is a great introduction to understanding how to read what our culture is saying and to begin to interpret and respond with scriptural wisdom.
The first chapter is worth the cost of the book. Jul 27, Ron Mackey added it. Some parts require some work to get through. Van Hoozer's first chapter is academic Howevere, I am glad that I read on.
Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Cultural Exegesis) [Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, Michael J. Sleasman] on. Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. Generally speaking, students, theologians, pastors, Everyday Theology (Cultural Exegesis): How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends - Kindle edition by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Kevin J.
I especially liked the essay on busyness. Dec 16, Seth Little rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy-theology , reference , worth-re-reading.
I really appreciate the method Vanhoozer offers for exegeting cultural "texts" in Everyday Theology. Though the included case studies demonstrate particular conclusions on the part of their authors with which I may or may not agree, the methodology is the primary focus of the book and it really is the gem.
Nov 08, Steve Godfrey rated it really liked it. This is a seminary-level read but a good one. We want to transform 'culture' but what is 'culture' and how can we best understand it and navigate it? This book provides some insightful and deep thinking on this. Jun 06, Brian rated it really liked it. At times this book seemed overly academic. Using big words to describe how to understand culture in light of a biblical perspective. It was still interesting.
And the book provides a framework for interpreting other cultural ideas. Jun 29, Brian Chilton rated it really liked it Shelves: liberty-textbooks.
The greatest value to the book is in the first chapter. A few other chapters provide valuable information. But, some writers in the book did not quite live up to my expectations, hence a 4 star rating instead of 5. Nov 12, Ken rated it really liked it. An interesting perspective on looking at cultural trends through a theological lens.
Learning to interpret culture is very important. Some really fun essays along with a few unnecessary ones. View 1 comment. Jul 25, Aaron rated it liked it. I really enjoyed some parts, and other parts were a bit thick on the intellectual language. But an interesting guide on how to look at culture, so as to not just go along with it. Jun 11, Laura Benson rated it it was amazing. This book has changed how I perceive the world around me.
Paul Helm asks whether God can love the world, turning, provocatively, to natural theology for an answer. David Fergusson takes up the vital eschatological concern: will the love of God ultimately triumph? The book closes with a sermon on Hosea 11 by Roy Clements that moves reflection on God's love from dogmatics to doxology. Though exploring the subject of God's love from many angles, these chapters are united in their understanding that it is not human love per se, but rather the love of the man Jesus -- representative both of God and of an authentic humanity -- that is the ultimate criterion for thinking about the love of God.
Readers will find this volume both thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology. Postmodernity allows for no absolutes and no essence. Yet theology is concerned with the absolute, the essential.
How then does theology sit within postmodernity? Is postmodern theology possible, or is such a concept a contradiction in terms? Should theology bother about postmodernism or just get on with its own thing? Can it?
laurelmaia.com/1873-tracker-tinder-on.php Theologians have responded in many different ways to the challenges posed by theories of postmodernity.