From Publishers Weekly
The church's role in Western culture currently is undergoing a profound redefinition. What does it mean to be the church or a Christian in the postmodern age? Clapp (Families at the Crossroads) describes the confusion American Christians, and particularly evangelical Christians, feel as accustomed religious roles and influences change. Clapp explores the impact of the "culture wars" on the church and, while critical of the methods of many of the evangelical "warriors," sees redeeming value in many of the assertions they make about a distinctive Christian way of life. Clapp redefines liturgy, social ethics and especially evangelism and missions for a postmodern church whose locus is not the individual but the faith community. Clapp offers a refreshing and reforming evangelical perspective to the church and culture debate. Clapp argues that evangelicanism has too often focused on the salvation of the individual to the exclusion of the development of community. He here contends that for the church to be a dynamic institution it must recognize its historical tensions and move beyond them to establish community.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Clapp writes beautifully and incisively about both culture and Christianity; readers interested in either subject (or both) can expect to find much of value here. He criticizes the Constantinian captivity of the church on both left and right, repeatedly crossing sharply drawn battle lines in a manner that is refreshingly disarming--and routinely provocative. Clapp draws on a wide variety of sources, from anthropology to literary criticism to theology, and includes clear documentation to facilitate further exploration. This is a wonderful addition to a growing body of literature that seeks to reclaim the radically subversive character of Christian community. Steve Schroeder