Western Culture in Gospel Context
Towards the Conversion of the West: Theological Bearings for Mission and Spirituality
Imprint: Cascade Books
"David Kettle has given us an extraordinarily penetrating book. The fruit of some three decades of intense reading and thinking, his agenda is nothing less than how the Church can be part of the conversion of Western culture today. Most pointedly, he shows that the Gospel radically changes not only how we might actively engage culture but our understanding of what that culture is in the first place. The style is lucid and accessible, but Kettle is never afraid to press the tough questions and cut deep into some of our most cherished assumptions. I can't imagine anyone not being made to think at the profoundest levels by this study. I commend it most warmly."
Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology
Duke Divinity School
"What a gift David Kettle has given us in this masterful account of Western culture in light of the Gospel! His probing analysis reveals how often our economic, political, and personal ideologies have deformed the Christian faith in ways that even believers may not have realized. The good news here is that Kettle moves beyond diagnosis to action, showing how the church might yet serve the culture as 'public host' thereby practicing God's own liberating hospitality of truth and grace."
Professor of Theology and Ethics
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
"This is a pioneering piece of work in missiologucal reflection, unique of its kind. Kettle aims not so much at bringing the Gospel to Western culture as bringing Western culture back to the Gospel. Mustering massive learning with penetrating insights, he takes us to different realms of Western cultural life to show how the West has deviated from the Gospel. The critique strikes home as the church is domesticated by idols and ideologies of the age. In the missiological quest for the redemption of culture, Kettle has set a great exmple."
--Carver T. Yu
China Graduate School of Theology