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New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement Paperback – January 1, 2011
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“Neitsche… rejects the ethic of Paul - Christendom willfully ignores it.” (p.18)
“Most Evangelical Christians, whether they realize it or not, have compartmentalized worldviews,
whereas most Indian people have integrated worldviews.” (Twiss, p. 50)
“…secular liberalism fails to see how religious it is whereas the Religious Right fails to see how secular it is.
Overcoming the blinding barriers to authentic dialogue from the left requires unmasking the unnamed deity
of secular liberalism and bearing witness to the personal name of the triune God. Overcoming the blinding
barriers to authentic dialogue from the right requires disclosing to them the triune action of the one true God
in beloved community, and reclaiming this God, which they have “hijacked” for less than sacred aims.” (pp. 59-60)
I hold different views regarding some of these third rails, but I am challenged by Paul’s insistent on a triune approach to understanding and a self-denying willingness to create space for all sides.
Dr. Metzger engages the reader without overwhelming them. The essays are condensed enough to catch a moment, yet deep enough to capture your attention. My copy has now been in the hands of 4 readers. God Bless.
If you've never read Metzger before New Wine Tastings is a great place to begin because of the diversity of its samplings. This selection of essays deals with topics ranging from structural evil, disembodied vs. incarnational spirituality, the atonement, and the culture wars among many others.
As Metzger explores these topics and more it is through the stories of cultural figures who have shaped how we engage these issues today. From philosophers like Kant, Keirkegaard, and Neitzsche, musicians like Cash and theologians like Luther and Barth.
The homeless, prisoners, Native American Christians, Buddhist monk friends, those left in the wake of "sexual liberation" and even the rag tag seminarians with whom he surrounds himself are all characters in the diverse collection of essays in New Wine Tastings. The characters and topics are varied, but Metzger doesn't sacrifice theological depth or profundity in seeking multiple angles of exploration. While New Wine Tastings runs deep theologically I believe Metzger engages these issues in way that makes them accessible to a wide readership.
One way Metzger successfully accomplishes this is by showing how our individual stories fit into a wide cultural landscape, how culture shapes us and how Scripture bears witness to Jesus Christ in this conglomeration of culture. New Wine Tastings is always focused on Christ, and so is always plumbing the depths of heart issues. Dr Metzger's concern for addressing the reader's heart comes through his writings as it did for me while he was my mentor in seminary. This style makes for a read that is both an informative and passionate engagement of pressing issues, and one that while bearing witness to Christ doesn't allow the reader to remove themselves from these important matters. New Wine Tastings is a fun, diverse read that is guaranteed to inspire and challenge. After reading New Wine Tastings I purchased three additional copies to give away and have thought that it would be to great to incorporate the book into a small group setting. Enjoy.