In this book Ralph Wood calls for churches to offer a sustained an unapologetically Christian witness to a postmodern world. Wood carefully chronicles how the church is watching the complete destruction of post-Christian institutions and practices that once shaped human character toward fulfillment in goods larger than humanity's own self-interest - the chief of these being the worship and service of God. Wood contends that Christian existence can never be taken for granted, and so the church itself must seek to create a Christian culture that offers the world a drastic alternative to its own cultureless existence.
Ralph C Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University.
PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Crisis Afflicting Church and Culture Alike2. A Neo-Conservative Alternative3. A Neo-Liberal Alternative4. The Inadequacy of the Evangelical Engagement with Culture5. The Challenge Facing the Church's Colleges6. Creating a Christian Educational Culture7. Christian Skepticism vs. Religious Sentimentality8. The Ugly, the Beautiful, and the Holy in Christian Worship9. A Christian Regard for Romance in an Eroticized World10. The Outward Faithfulness of Inward Christian PietyConclusionNotesIndex