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God and Culture: Essays in Honor of Carl F.H. Henry Hardcover – February, 1993


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  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802837093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802837097
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adi Kurniawan on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Written as a tribute to Carl F. H. Henry, a theologian who is dubbed the spokesman for American evangelicals, for his 80th birthday, God and Culture brings us face to face with the fact that is happening in today's church. Many evangelicals have been influenced by the secular values of the society whom they want to win for Christ. Consequently this book has a main focus to help Christians to think how they must react in the tide of today's culture.

This book is a collection of essays written by 20 conservative Christian thinkers. Some are well-known theologians, such as J. I. Packer, and some others are practioners recognised in their respective fields. Areas of culture discussed range from hermeneutics, psychology, philosophy, economy, law, arts, to leisure.

Every essay in this book usually begins by advancing some issues, discussing the current associated thoughts on the matter, and finally presenting the biblical view on it. Essay by D. A. Carson on Christian witness in the age of pluralism, for example, begins sistematically by discussions on the nature of pluralism and why it becomes a challenge. He then analyses some Christian perspectives on the challenge of pluralism, and finally concludes with a reflection.

This book is unique because each essay is written with different style. Interesting to note is the essay by Charles B. Thaxton, who writes about Christianity and science in the form of a naration. His dialogue with Jon, an American student who is studying in Prague, makes the reader absorbed in the flow of thoughts of the two persons.

Topics discussed may seem hard in the beginning. Topics like hermeneutics, pluralism, and eschatology are placed in the early pages of the book. But of course such organisation has its purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Solid collection of essays in honor of Carl F. Henry. They address the church of Christ in its cultural setting, with facets on law, literature, art, history, media, science, environment, bioethics, etc.
Scholars such as D.A. Carson, Geoffrey Bromiley, Edmund Clowney, etc., all contribute well in an academia minded way.
Of particular interest and enlightenment was the very well done essays by Spitz on "The Historian and the Ancient of Days" as well as "Phillp Johnson's "Modernist Impasse in Law."
Some revolve around classic Niebuhr's grid while others burn new cultural analysis paths.
Good read and reference.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thisisgibbie on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Carl F.H. Henry was the most important theologian from the contemporary Evangelical (formerly called Neo-Evangelical) movement in America. He had a depth that many departed from, in the 1960s, with a narrower worldview and whose contemporaries are somewhat naive. For his greatness, he was vastly misunderstood or opposed. Read his primary writings like God, Revelation and Authority. This festschrift has some informative writings.
In general, I would agree with Rodboomboom's assessment. Much of the writings need to tie Dr. Henry's thought more in with their subject matter. Also, read Kevin Vanhoozer's and Leland Ryken's writings. Kenneth Kantzer's "Appreciation" is more personal.
His groundbreaking book was "The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism," which is back in print.
He passed away on December 7, 2003.
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