Show Notes – Mistaken Christian Views of Culture
American Christians are no stranger to the idea of culture. But there are number of mistaken Christian views of culture; ways in which they treat the Christian’s relation to culture poorly. Some mistaken Christian views of culture are derived from two broader theoretical views: Scholasticism and Theonomy. This is part two of my interview with Gregory Baus. Listen to part one here: Rethinking a Reformed Christian View of Culture
In Scholastic views, for example, the tendency is to view culture as distinct and separate from matters of faith. This often leads to the view that secularism is not only a thing, but a thing to be wary of. It’s “worldly” and therefore not something to participate in. In Theonomic views, culture is something to be conquered by counter revolution. Old testament laws are brought forward to the new covenant era as a means of enforcing “Christian culture” through the sword.
Out of these any number of nuances emerge. But we see both this views to be erroneous. In this episode, I discuss these mistaken views with Gregory Baus, and discuss a neocalvinist view of culture.
Main Points of Discussion
|1:52||Scholastic errors and the myth of religious neutrality|
|3:44||Is this secularism?|
|4:10||The neocalvinist view|
|6:43||What about ‘cultural Christianity?|
|15:22||Is neocalvinist “transformationalism” also unbiblical?|
|19:57||Does Christian cultural activity matter “as living sacrifices” or is it all in vain?|
|25:53||Gregory mentions discussion with PCA pastor Nate Xanders on the Reformed Anarchism statement|
What is Reformed Anarchism?
Dialogue with PCA Pastor Nate Xanders on Reformed Anarchism