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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.
While I am only about half way through this book, I am savoring every page. His analysis of culture change, the process and who does what and with which and to whom is fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Yarbrough
Easy to be a critic without offering positive options for meaningful participation in social change.Published 1 month ago by Scott Todd
I haven't finished the book yet, but it has interesting points about the importance of politics in the life of Christians.Published 3 months ago by Homer C. Smith III
It will not be easy to change the world! Jesus tells us that quite clearly in the gospels and so does Hunter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill
I like anything James Davison Hunter writes. He is articulate and direct in his assessment of American culture and where we are in our decline of morals and culture in this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nancy Huff
For those interested in looking deeply at the mission of the church and its implications for engaging with and influencing the world around us, "To Change the World" is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Gammill
An excellent, thoughtful analysis of how the Church in the United States should engage their culture and the institutions that reinforce it.Published 8 months ago by readit
Technical and sometimes difficult to read, but authentic and well researched.Published 8 months ago by freeman
Christians serious about their faith and what it means to live out their lives in a modern world need to read this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. D. Tomko