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Christianity and Culture
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Christian culture and the illusion of neutrality

Christianity and Culture: it is no longer an uphill struggle to get people to pay attention. It is now open war, and all the pretenders to neutrality are unmasked. Everywhere there are publications and websites by church organizations newly forced to address the situation. But what is culture? “Cultures develop when a human population sharing a common way of being aware of the world, a common sense of what is real and important, proceeds to deal with the myriad concerns of human life.” (Willis B. Glover) This common sense is generally called religion, though sometimes, as with secular humanism, it pretends not to be in order to give itself an advantage in controlling education or the state. Since the 1960s incisive voices (R.J. Rushdoony, Francis Schaeffer, numerous others) have warned us that culture is religion and culture endeavor is religious struggle. Much despised then by the ecclesiastical and educational establishments, it is now these establishments that are under trial. With the entire panoply of the state, media, education, and big corporations committed to the side of the Deep State and against the truth, where the churches stand and whether they will be witnesses for the truth is now the unavoidable and conspicuous issue. In a general way the Christian public knows what to think of the contemporary anti-Christian movements, but modern times has the churches on trial. This may be the downfall of the denominations as everyone can see their failure and manifest uselessness, first and foremost the Roman Church, but also all the others. It is the modern form of institutional Christianity, created in the Enlightenment, and now evolved into the denominational franchise, that is inadequate for these times, and suddenly everyone can see this. If they remain dim candles while the light of truth shines from unofficial sources the perception of the nature of the church will change. A specific change in Christian cultural leadership has become evident. In the 1960s and 70s it was Reformed people who were developing the cultural critiques, and supplying the thought of the Evangelicals. Now it is charismatics, New Agers and similar oddballs that have taken the leadership. This happened because the Reformed stepped down from leadership and became mere academics and time servers; or perhaps it is that only the academics and functionaries have survived to our time. Most material here is Spanish translations of popular articles that been contributed, but we have also tried to provide seminal books. Also on the Spanish side we have tried to give some sense of various attempts to present a (or some see it as the) Christian view of culture, but which are generally mainly available only in other languages. These perspectives are rivals and somewhat in conflict with each other. We hope to help the readers to become aware of alternatives and to grasp the issues in contention. Recent additions to the content here are being published in both English and Spanish, with some of the more substantial older material newly translated into Spanish.
What about current events? Alternative social media is full of posts and videos investigating urgent matters of cultural conflict that are in the news, or behind the events in the news. Besides many good investigators there are also the glowworms pushing New Age revisions of history, charismatics, Dispensational whackadoodles, and others; and often the good and bad is mixed together. We have not yet found a useful way to help sort this out, though it is is important. We can, though, deal with the historical, philosophical and theological topics. But see these sources for analysis of the current situation: The Solari Report Trends Research Institute The Corbett Report
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Welcome to the

culture pages

Christian culture and the

illusion of neutrality

Christianity and Culture: it is no longer an uphill struggle to get people to pay attention. It is now open war, and all the pretenders to neutrality are unmasked. Everywhere there are publications and websites by church organizations newly forced to address the situation. But what is culture? “Cultures develop when a human population sharing a common way of being aware of the world, a common sense of what is real and important, proceeds to deal with the myriad concerns of human life.” (Willis B. Glover) This common sense is generally called religion, though sometimes, as with secular humanism, it pretends not to be in order to give itself an advantage in controlling education or the state. Since the 1960s incisive voices (R.J. Rushdoony, Francis Schaeffer, numerous others) have warned us that culture is religion and culture endeavor is religious struggle. Much despised then by the ecclesiastical and educational establishments, it is now these establishments that are under trial. With the entire panoply of the state, media, education, and big corporations committed to the side of the Deep State and against the truth, where the churches stand and whether they will be witnesses for the truth is now the unavoidable and conspicuous issue. In a general way the Christian public knows what to think of the contemporary anti- Christian movements, but modern times has the churches on trial. This may be the downfall of the denominations as everyone can see their failure and manifest uselessness, first and foremost the Roman Church, but also all the others. It is the modern form of institutional Christianity, created in the Enlightenment, and now evolved into the denominational franchise, that is inadequate for these times, and suddenly everyone can see this. If they remain dim candles while the light of truth shines from unofficial sources the perception of the nature of the church will change. A specific change in Christian cultural leadership has become evident. In the 1960s and 70s it was Reformed people who were developing the cultural critiques, and supplying the thought of the Evangelicals. Now it is charismatics, New Agers and similar oddballs that have taken the leadership. This happened because the Reformed stepped down from leadership and became mere academics and time servers; or perhaps it is that only the academics and functionaries have survived to our time. Most material here is Spanish translations of popular articles that been contributed, but we have also tried to provide seminal books. Also on the Spanish side we have tried to give some sense of various attempts to present a (or some see it as the) Christian view of culture, but which are generally mainly available only in other languages. These perspectives are rivals and somewhat in conflict with each other. We hope to help the readers to become aware of alternatives and to grasp the issues in contention. Recent additions to the content here are being published in both English and Spanish, with some of the more substantial older material newly translated into Spanish.
Christianity and Culture