Q: Why did you write To Change the World?
Hunter: I wrote this book because I saw a disjunction between how Christians talk about changing the world, how they try to change the world, and how worlds --that is culture--actually change. These disparities needed to be clarified.Q: How does this build on your previous work?
Hunter: One way it builds on my earlier work is that it provides a bigger picture of the nature of cultural conflict, why Christians seem to be neck deep in it, and why the approaches that they take in cultural conflict are so counterproductive. This is a response to some of the earlier work that I have done on the nature of culture wars and alternatives to them.
Q: Who do you hope reads this book?
Hunter: The audience I had in mind was the diverse communities that make up American Christians and their institutional leaders--those who think about the world we live in today and how best to engage it. Those who think about these matters will find here a useful guide.
Q: What three things do you want readers to take away from reading this book?
Hunter: The primary ways of thinking about the world and how it changes in our society are mainly incorrect. There is an answer to the question of how to change the world, but how it actually changes is different from how most people think.Most people believe that politics is a large part of the answer to the problems that we face in the world, and so a second insight would be the limitations of politics. Political strategies are not only counter-productive to the ends that faith communities have in mind, but are antithetical to the ends that they seek to achieve. A third thing that I would like for readers to take away is that there are alternative ways of thinking about the world we live in, and engaging it, that are constructive and draw upon resources within the Christian tradition. In the end, these strategies are not first and foremost about changing the world, but living toward the flourishing of others.
Had to read it for one of my undergrad Christian Perspectives class. Very challenging read, will be difficult for many, but for those who desire an eloquent and challenging read,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ry
Conclusion: this is not our world and changing it should not be our goal. I read this for a masters level philosophy course. I had many meaningful books and ideas to look into. Read morePublished 5 days ago by James Green
After reading its review in the Augustine Collective, I chose Hunter's work for our Episcopal church's book-discussion group because of its perceptive analysis of Christian... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Benbow Cheesman
Hunter demonstrates a keen insight and Biblical wisdom concerning what it means for Christians (individually) as well as the church (collectively) to engage the culture and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul
Hunter's book is a tour de force analyzing how and who shapes societal change as well as the roles Christians have taken in society. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. W. Handley
James Davidson Hunter offers a thought provoking analysis of America culture and Christianity's efforts to impact that culture. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony Griffin
James Hunter does a masterful job exposing the sociological factors that shape the world in which we live. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JTong
The author presents a compelling critique of the failure of three predominate wings of contemporary, Evangelical Christianity to impact the culture in a redemptive sense. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
As with all books, needs to be read critically (in the best sense of the word) but as sociologist and a person of faith, James Hunter has a lot to add to the ongoing discussion... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Helen Mann