Culture in a Post-Secular Context

Theological Possibilities in Milbank, Barth, and Bediako

By Alan Thomson

Culture in a Post-Secular Context

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Culture in a Post-Secular Context

Theological Possibilities in Milbank, Barth, and Bediako

By Alan Thomson

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  • ISBN: 9781606085042
  • Pages: 308
  • Publication Date: 5/16/2014
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About-

Is culture a theologically neutral concept? The contemporary experts on culture--anthropologists and sociologists--argue that it is. Theologians and missiologists would seem to agree, given the extent of their reliance on anthropological and sociological definitions of culture. Yet, this appears a strange reliance given that presumed neutrality in the sciences is a consistently challenged assumption. It is stranger still given that so much theological energy has been expended on understanding and defining the human person in specifically theological as opposed to anthropological terms when culture is in some sense the expression of this personhood in corporate and material forms.

This book argues that culture is not and has never been a theologically neutral concept; rather, it always expresses some theological posture and is therefore a term that naturally invites theological investigation. Going about this task is difficult however, in the face of a longterm reliance on the social sciences that seems to have starved the contemporary theological community of resources for defining culture. Against this it is argued that rich subterranean veins for such a task do exist within the recent tradition, most notably in the writings of John Milbank, Karl Barth, and Kwame Bediako.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Thomson observes that the idea culture is theologically neutral is without credibility. Rather, contemporary theologians are now thinking through the realm of culture from a specifically theological perspective. . . . Students of the theology of culture will appreciate the depth of scholarship in this comparative study."
--Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family

"Theologians and missiologists should make it their business to think theologically about what culture is rather than adopting uncritically the definitions thrown up from other fields of inquiry. Here is a book that provides compelling and far-reaching guidance for that task and helps us recognize how important the task is."
--Murray Rae, University of Otago

"Engaging with an impressive range of resources, Alan Thomson offers an important critical corrective and a valuable constructive proposal. When culture is discerned as a theologically dense reality, the missiological implications in a post-secular environment may be profound indeed. This is an astute book, which will lead the way for applications of its core argument in a number of other areas."
--Ivor J. Davidson, University of St. Andrews

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Alan Thomson

Bio(s)-

Alan D. Thomson (Ph.D., University of Otago) is an adjunct lecturer in the department of Theology, Mission, and Ministry at Laidlaw College, Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as an online tutor at the Laidlaw Centre for Distance Learning in Auckland.

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