Making a Difference: Impacting Culture and Society as a Christian

Making a Difference: Impacting Culture and Society as a Christian[Ebook] ➩ Making a Difference: Impacting Culture and Society as a Christian By R.C. Sproul – Heartforum.co.uk The great challenge for the Christian in a post Christian context is how to impact this fallen world with our faith In Making a Difference, beloved theologianR C Sproul shows readers how to confront t Difference: Impacting PDF Ì The great challenge for the Christian in a post Christian context is how to impact this fallen world with our faith In Making a Making a Epub / Difference, beloved theologianR C Sproul shows readers how to confront today s moral and social issues with an effective biblical response Dr Sproul first examines a Difference: Impacting PDF/EPUB å the major philosophies that affect the way Americans think and act secularism, existentialism, humanism, and pragmatism and then presents ideas on how to apply a biblical perspective to spheres of public life that need the Christian s influence today economics, science, art and literature, and government.

Difference: Impacting PDF Ì Dr RC Sproul was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla He was founding pastor of Making a Epub / Saint Andrew s Chapel in Sanford, Fla first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazineLigonier Ministries began in as the a Difference: Impacting PDF/EPUB å Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pa In an effort to respondeffectively to the growing demand for Dr Sproul s teachings and the ministry s other educational resources, the general offices were moved to Orlando in , and the ministry was renamedDr Sproul s radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online Dr Sproul produced hundreds of lecture series and recorded numerous video series on subjects such as the history of philosophy, theology, Bible study, apologetics, and Christian livingHe contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, and academic institutions around the world, and wrotethan one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone s a Theologian He signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and wrote a commentary on that document He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible, previously known as the New Geneva Study BibleDr Sproul had a distinguished academic teaching career at various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and Jackson, Miss He was ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Making a Difference: Impacting Culture and Society as a Christian
  • R.C. Sproul
  • 09 August 2019
  • 0801077842

10 thoughts on “Making a Difference: Impacting Culture and Society as a Christian

  1. David Shane says:

    A fine and quick survey of the usually unstated philosophical assumptions behind the thinking in our society, covering secularism, existentialism, humanism, pragmatism, positivism, pluralism, relativism, and hedonism That s the first 2 3 of the book The last 1 3 then tries to respond and discusses how Christians should relate to economics, science, art, literature, and government.It is a survey book, so if you re already fighting these battles all the time there might not be much that is new A fine and quick survey of the usually unstated philosophical assumptions behind the thinking in our society, covering secularism, existentialism, humanism, pragmatism, positivism, pluralism, relativism, and hedonism That s the first 2 3 of the book The last 1 3 then tries to respond and discusses how Christians should relate to economics, science, art, literature, and government.It is a survey book, so if you re already fighting these battles all the time there might not be much that is new here However if you yourself are new to the battle it could be a great introduction it s the sort of book I often read in undergrad Originally published in 1986, the book is just a little dated now as our culture has moved away from pure relativism and is now quite eager to make dogmatic statements, especially in the areas of sexuality and identity but the new thinking came out of the old thinking, and the old thinking is also definitely still with us, so a valuable read

  2. Bill Pence says:

    This book was originally published in 1986 under the title Lifeviews Understanding The Ideas That Shape Society Today I noticed a very few updates to the original book Though writtenthan 30 years ago, the book is still very relevant today Dr Sproul tells us that we all have a mission field, if only our own neighborhood or office building In all of life s situations we are to be His witnesses Our job is to make the invisible reign of Jesus visible We have all been sent to bear witne This book was originally published in 1986 under the title Lifeviews Understanding The Ideas That Shape Society Today I noticed a very few updates to the original book Though writtenthan 30 years ago, the book is still very relevant today Dr Sproul tells us that we all have a mission field, if only our own neighborhood or office building In all of life s situations we are to be His witnesses Our job is to make the invisible reign of Jesus visible We have all been sent to bear witness to Christ If we as Christian missionaries are to be able to communicate to our diverse society, we need to be aware of the dominant systems of thought that are at work within our society.The author writes that the book is an attempt to describe the culture of the United States as it now exists, to show how this culture affects Christians, and to suggest how we can respond biblically to that culture as Christian witnesses He writes that he doubts if there has been a period in all of Christian history when so many Christians are so ineffectual in shaping the culture in which they live as it is true right now in the United States The book is broken into two major sections In the first half, the author looks at perspectives in life, or worldviews, unifying systems of thought prevalent in our culture today In the second half of the book he looks at the Christian s role in society He turns our attention to several aspects of our society to see how they are influenced by these world views Questions for discussion are included at the end of each chapter, making this a book that would be good to read and discuss in a group setting Below are a few helpful quotes from each chapter Secularism The dominant ism of American culture, the ism reflected in the news media, the film industry, the novel, and the art world is secularism The secular refers then to this world in this time Its point of focus is here and now The biblical world view has a long term view of human life The term is much longer than that of secularism If there is one message that I can give to my generation it is this Right now counts forever What you and I do now has eternal significance Secularism as an ism must include within its world view at least an implicit atheism Most of those who accept secularism and who are thinking people, ultimately embrace a philosophy of despair.Pessimistic Existentialism Existentialism is a philosophy about human existence It views man not so much in terms of his mind or his soul, but of his will, his feelings The rapid spread and enormous impact of existential philosophy upon our culture has been uncanny I doubt if there has been any philosophical system that has had as much influence on American culture in the twentieth century as this school of thought We encounter the influence of existentialism virtually every day of our lives and in virtually every sphere of our culture The arts have been major vehicles to communicate the ideas of existentialism to American society.Sentimental Humanism Consistent humanism must be atheistic Humanism is fundamentally irrational The irony of our culture is that humanism has become the dominant philosophy of intellectuals The principal vehicle for the dissemination of humanist philosophy is the public school system This is the clear strategy of the humanist Christians, after decades, are beginning to wake up and see that our children are being taught one set of values in the home and in the church, while they get another philosophical system through public education Modern humanism gets progressivelyhostile toward Christianity, particularly at the level of public education The battle between the Christian and the humanist is being fought and will continue to be fought in the arena of education Pragmatism The pragmatist is concerned about right now What works now In pragmatism truth is inevitably relativized If truth is determined by what works for the individual, then the test for truth ultimately becomes the individual himself For the pragmatists, every end is a means There are no ultimate goals Every end is a short term end, and that end becomes a means to another end, and so on, but you never get to a final solution The real conflict between Christianity and pragmatism is the conflict between what is right and what is expedient.Positivism The quest for ultimate truth in philosophy is called the science of metaphysics In the final analysis positivism offers a truncated science, a science so limited in scope that it ignores the wider realm of truth It seeks to make science independent of other closely related fields of inquiry It cuts us off from ultimate meaning.Pluralism and Relativism Once we embrace relativism we live in a world of ultimate chaos The question we must raise with relativism is, who decides what is important On what basis are decisions made Pluralism says not only are all views equally tolerable under the law, but all views are equally valid.Hedonism The hedonist s constant goal in life is to pursue those things that increase pleasure and decrease pain The Christian and World Economics Economics therefore has to do with managing the resources that ultimately belong to God It is important to remember that labor does not come to us as a result of the fall It originates from our God who is a working God Integral to our vocations as human beings is God s design for us to be productive, to bring forth the fruit of our labor.The Christian and Science Christians are needed by the thousands to venture into the realm of nature, armed with the knowledge of grace We can show that a God who exists on the other side of the wall is concerned with life on this side of that wall.The Christian and Art What I find in much so called Christian art today is that which is not only superficial and cheap but what is also boring The beautiful should never be boring If art is good art, if it is true art, if it is beautiful art, then it is bearing witness to the Author of the good, the true, and the beautiful As Christians in the realm of art, our impetus for producing Christian art is a desire for excellence.The Christian and Literature I ve often wondered where Jesus would apply His hastily made whip if He were to visit our culture My guess is that it would not be money changing tables in the temple that would feel His wrath, but the display racks in Christian bookstores Often what we find in contemporary literature is a sense of the absence of God There is a haunting feeling of loneliness In much of modern literature there are also stains of bitterness toward religion and even overt hostility to the church As missionaries to our culture, we need to support Christians who will make a serious contribution to the medium of literature, a contribution that will communicate with our culture and influence it for good.The Christian and Government In Romans 13, the call to obedience is to those who have actual authority, not to those who merely possess de facto power Whenever the earthly authority commands us to do something that God forbids, or forbids us from doing something God commands, it is our duty to disobey the earthly authorities God s authority is always higher than His delegated officers The biblical principle is to render obedience wherever we can unless our doing so conflicts with our obeying God Biblically speaking, the Christian is asked to bend over backward to respect authority wherever he sees it He is to exhibit a spirit of obedience rather than of lawlessness If the civil authority commands us to do something that God has forbidden, or forbids us from doing something that God has commanded, not only may we disobey, but we must disobey We must always obey God rather than man For many people, the concept of separation of church and state has come to mean the separation of state and God, as if the state ruled autonomously on the basis of its own intrinsic authority Christians must never believe that Instead, we must see that state as answerable to God, ordained by God, and as a legitimate vehicle for the people of God to serve God

  3. Timothy Dragan says:

    Worth re reading Analytical, yet simple and practical Classic Sproul

  4. Nicole Ihrie says:

    Easy read on Christians role in this world.

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