Item description for A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life by Kelly Monroe Kullberg & Lael Arrington...
Overview Kullberg and Arrington weave together inspiration and illumination, thereby engaging both heart and mind with each daily devotion. In this collection of short, accessible readings, they explore significant ideas, people, and events from a Christian worldview.
Publishers Description Renew Your Sense of WonderRefresh Your EducationKelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington offer a daily guided tour through many of the paintings, laboratories, rock arenas, great books, mass movements, and private lives that have shaped the ways in which we think and live. This educational devotional will inspire us to go beyond critique to creativity as we discover the wonder of God in sevensubjects---theology, history, philosophy, science, literature, art, and contemporary culture.Explore significant ideas, people, and events from a Christian worldview in a format that fits your busy life. A Faith and Culture Devotional will help bridge the artificial gap between learning truth and loving God---inspiring you with the wonder at the genius, power, and beauty of Jesus Christ.Learn and Grow with Christian Thought Leaders including: Dallas Willard, John Eldredge, Michael Behe, Frederica Matthews-Green, Darrell Bock, William Lane Craig, R. C. Sproul, Randy Alcorn. Scot McKnight
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.72" Width: 5.94" Height: 1.06" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 2, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310283566 ISBN13 9780310283560 UPC 025986283568
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More About Kelly Monroe Kullberg & Lael Arrington
Kelly Monroe Kullberg is the founder and director of project development of the Veritas Forum, the author of Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas, the editor of Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians, and an associate with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Reviews - What do customers think about Faith And Culture Devotional?
The Biblical Worldview Devotional Jul 2, 2009
Just completed "A Faith & Culture Devotional - Daily Readings in Art, Science and Life" by Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington - If you are dedicated to the Biblical worldview -- or interested in exploring the depth and breadth of the same --- this work is for you. Very well written by a myriad of authors -- very interesting, inspiring and thought provoking.
"Truth is not a thing, but rather a relationship between our words or ideas and reality" - p. 28 by Lael Arrington
Well, our behavior as those who claim the name of Christ might have something to do with the veracity of the above as well. I'm sure that's what Lael might have meant with her use of the term "reality." A truly superb array of interesting authors and pieces melded very well...keeps your interest and is superb for inspiring one's contemplation --- including discussion with others.
You won't agree with everything written in this book. That's ok --- good books (and particularly devotionals) are like that.
Very Insightful Feb 2, 2009
This book has devotions on many subjects that helps the reader to see how God's hand is involved in the arts and sciences. It teaches you about the arts and sciences but most importantly gives you a devotional approach to God's hand in them because He created them and they express part of His being.
Wide, Not Deep Jan 26, 2009
Kullberg & Arrington set out with a lofty goal: to unite seven different subjects of study in one devotional which would cause the reader to consider and interact with some of the great ideas, events, and people in the world. The fields are:
1. Bible and Theology 2. History 3. Philosophy 4. Science 5. Literature 6. Arts 7. Contemporary Culture
To accomplish this task, they pulled together an impressive list of people: Francis Schaeffer, Chuck Colson, Erwin McManus, Lee Strobel, and John Stott to name a few. While there are some bright spots in the book, I found that the majority of the devotions were weak for a few reasons:
1. The authors were too safe. For example, most of the "science" writers had a vested interest in Intelligent Design theory. I was hoping for some divergent views--theistic evolution, anyone? 2. While the topics were wide-ranging, the meditations on them were firmly entrenched in popular evangelicalism. One of the paragraphs that drove me crazy was Walter Kaizer suggesting that if Sodom wasn't razed, then our faith is in vain (a horrible misuse of 1 Corinthians 15). 3. It was more apologetic than substantive. I felt like many of the devotions were trying to convince me why their view was better than other views. This was especially obvious in the bible, science, and philosophy sections.
If you've never considered topics outside of typical devotional reading, and would like a safe look at History, Philosophy, and the Arts, then this book is a good place to start. The "Arts" topic in particular has some of the best devotions: I learned a lot about the lives of various composers and painters.
However, if you've dabbled in different fields before, and want a challenge, this book will feel too much like evangelical propoganda.
kind of hit or miss Jan 7, 2009
I recently finished A Faith and Cultural Devotional and put it down feeling rather non-plused. I went in with the hopes of having an intelligent and thought provoking collection of essays focused on the different topics represented (art, science, and life) with applications to Christian faith and spirituality.
While the volume achieves this to some level, I found myself wishing there had been more coherence in the essays. It felt more like a 'sampler' than a devotional (a number of the essays were not written for this volume but were pulled from other published works). I did not feel like the devotional moved in any particular direction or offered any consistent level of quality in its offerings.
I liked that the book offered a range of thinkers - some I was excited to read and others less so, along with some I had never heard of. However, I felt like there could have been more editorial oversight in the selection and placement of the different pieces. Some clearly read as a devotional, while others felt like a article written about a scientific topic on a popular level. Overall, I would have liked more coherence and more direction and will not strongly recommend this volume as a whole to others.
A Must Read Jan 6, 2009
LOVE IT! LOVE IT! What a wonderful retreat I discovered in A Faith and Culture Devotional! Challenging, thought-provoking, stimulating, and addictive...all descriptors which fall short in describing this compilation of amazing readings. I found myself unable to read just one devotional; each enticed me to continue until I had devoured the entire book. And then I started over, this time answering the questions which followed each writing. This book challenged me to THINK beyond myself, to see creation from perspectives of brilliant scientists, artists, historians, and professors, and to accept that there are so many things I take for granted or have never even considered. I am left with one question for authors Kullberg and Arrington: WHEN IS THE SEQUEL COMING OUT?