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Overview Every person is deeply embedded in today's cultural reality. Many are fundamentally unaware of this fact, but Christian faithfulness requires a thoughtful and conscious application of God's truth to everyday situations. This practical book by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. will get you outside of yourself and your surroundings to gain a fresh perspective. He offers straightforward answers to tough questions, including: What is the culture, and how do I engage it? Is truth relative? Does morality really change over time? How do I apply a Christian mind to contemporary events? Just how important is politics? It's the meaty meal your soul and intellect will feast upon in this cheap fast-food world.
Publishers Description Culture Shift offers Christians a wide-ranging model of cultural engagement. Considering many of the most salient trends of modern life--from the war on terrorism to the revolution in sexual ethics, from the hard questions of bioethics to the glory of God in marriage, Dr. Mohler will help Christians learn to make concrete application truth to the questions of the day.
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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
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Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596445378 ISBN13 9781596445376
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More About R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. is the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a professor of Christian theology and editor-in-chief of the "Southern Baptist Journal of Theology." Mohler is the author of "He is Not Silent, Culture Shift," and "Desire and Deceit." He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and two children.
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A "Best-Of" Collection of Mohler Essays Oct 19, 2008
It may be hard to believe that Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth is Albert Mohler's first book. After all, few evangelical thinkers are as prolific as Mohler, both through his daily blog and weekday radio show.
Culture Shift gives the reader 20 of Mohler's best essays, covering a wide variety of topics. Mohler speaks of the relationship between American politics and Christian faith. He spends several chapters on the relationship between Christianity and public law, exposing the myth that our nation's laws could ever be completely "secular." He covers many of the hot-button issues of our day, including the nation's shifting opinions regarding abortion.
Don't read this book without a pencil or highlighter in hand. Mohler has a way with words, and you will want to come back to some of his hard-hitting statements.
Though Culture Shift is a commendable book, I was disappointed to discover that it is little more than a "Best Of" collection of Mohler's blog posts and essays. I expected a weighty work that transcends the immediate/urgent nature of his daily writings. It serves its purpose as a current commentary on some of today's important issues, which means that much of the book might be out-of-date within a few years.
That said, I'm glad this book exists. I realize that not everyone follows Dr. Mohler's blog and radio show, so these essays will be new to most people. Nowhere else can you find some of Mohler's best work in book form. I look forward to passing this book along to some of my family members who will enjoy Mohler's perspective on current events.
Educational, Awakening, Convincing and Urgent Sep 19, 2008
"Culture Shift" is one of those books that when I read it, I had a hard time putting it down. I heard Dr. Mohler spoke the first time at Desiring God Conference in 2004, but not until I read his address in Together for the Gospel (T4G) in 2006 did I start to be stunned by the acuteness of his views on culture. Now what he talked about there at T4G is a subset of other challenges covered in "Culture Shift". Here he not only shows the reality and ugliness of what he calls "cultural seismic events" but he also lays out plan of actions; legitimate and urgent.
Mohler begins with the importance of Christian engagement in culture, by learning from Augustine's "City of God" with a caveat in mind, that is, Christians are to love the people of the City of Man with the gospel, not for the sake of city and culture themselves, but the sole concern ought to be for the greater glory of God. This is important because there is indeed a tendency to subordinate the gospel to personal agenda that may come in the forms of ethnicity, family, prosperity and country unless we are reminded that the City of Man is passing away, while the City of God is eternal. Nevertheless, "even as we know that our ultimate citizenship is in heaven, and even as we set our sights on the glory of the City of God, we must work for good, justice and righteousness in the City of Man" (p.3).
Then the discussions take on different themes, beginning with the idea of purely secular principles in driving public law; reasoning, motivation and religious neutrality, all of which Mohler defies as impossibilities and establishes a counter proposal, the reason being public law involves matters that go beyond individuals . But in addition to Mohler's refutation, any reasonable individuals would also ask, to challenge the purely secular manifesto, that first, whatever happens to the freedom of speech? And second, one only needs to look at the communist and other tyrannical states to understand the intention behind the drive toward a purely secular state.
Next, secular humanism leads to decay, not only in morality, but also inevitably in education. The popular talk these days in both camps, coming out of the perennial battle about abortion, centers around reducing the number of abortions. This is excellent because it exposes the true agenda behind many pro-choicers, to the point that even General Electric was accused of promoting pro-life agenda by selling 4D ultra-sound imaging systems because this technology "isn't a matter of providing more knowledge, but an attempt to manipulate women" (p.117, 119). In the education world, while students in Asia get busy learning calculus, physics and chemistry to prepare them for college, students in most American public schools are getting choked and brainwashed by the sexually-loaded indoctrination of the normalcy of homosexuality, promiscuity and cults. No wonder Mohler said exit strategy is needed (p.65-72) from this pathetic system, which actually doesn't have to be this way if managed properly. Sometimes I even wonder if American K-12 students need to start studying overseas, unless the domestic system undergoes a major reform, to keep up with the rest of the world, particularly to prepare them in science, as I think of Japan, Korea, India, Singapore or Europe, though I have to admit that some American universities are still among the best in the world. In research and development, a God-less pre-supposition leads to a discovery of the so-called "God-gene," that is, "a genetic explaination for belief in God that provides evolutionary explaination for faith" that Mohler hilariously but correctly describes as "Bad Theology Meets Bad Science." Here is how absurd science with false presuppositions and worldviews has become, where "humans are [soul-less] collections of atoms and molecules, and all consciousness, belief, emotion, and moral judgment must be explained by nothing more than biochemical processes within the brain" (p. 74).
Other interesting reflections and call to actions are in foreign policy dealing with terrorism and an attempt to explain the problem of evil, the case studies of which are the 2004 Tsunami and the 2005 Katrina.
Words can not describe the urgency of the matters that Dr. Mohler covers in "Culture Shift" in which he provides true and fair analysis as well as valuable recommendations. Upon learning the cultural landscapes we are in today, I can not help but observe that rational apologetics is not likely to do much good to answer post-modern issues. One needs to start getting into pre-suppositional apologetics; of which at least two books come to mind, "Always Ready" by Greg Bahnsen, and "Defense of the Faith" by Cornelius Van Til.
Answers for Christians on current issues Sep 5, 2008
Albert Mohler gives the Christian reader - reasons and answers for our faith on pressing issues of the day. The thinking Christian will benefit from the book as Mohler defines and languages what is happening in our culture, and addresses the trends that are sweeping through America society, he gives biblical and theological answers, addressing the issues from a Christian worldview and articulates his points with precision.
For the busy Christian that wants to make an educated assessment of what is happening on the key issues, this book will definitely get you thinking about where you stand. Albert Mohler is President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He contributes articles in major newspapers, and has his own radio program. This book was interesting, informative and helpful.
Concise Presentation of Current Issues With a Thoughtful, Biblical Approach Jul 8, 2008
This is a quality collection of essays which presents a thoughtful, Biblical approach to current issues. Dr. Al Mohler is intellectually rigorous but also clear and simple in his discussion of a Christian view of current culture. This is a short book and an easy read. It is definitely worth your time, especially in an election season which requires Christians to Biblically examine candidates' positions. If you are a fan of this book, I'd also recommend the Al Mohler Radio Show which you can find online.
Is Christianity compatible with American culture? May 15, 2008
Many cherished assumptions of our culture are in direct conflict with the teachings of Christ. This series of essays helps Christians thoughtfully consider and respond to the crucial moral questions of our day.