This article by Carl Trueman is making the rounds of the blogosphere; I saw it mentioned on Laura A’s sidebar. Trueman raises some questions about Christians and culture that create more than a bit of uncomfortable tension with points made by Ken Myers in his book All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes. I’ll summarize those questions as follows:
Is cultural engagement just an excuse for Christians to talk about the fun things that secular society is talking about?
Is cultural engagement just an excuse for Christians to adopt the lower standards for behavior and thought of secular society?
Is cultural engagement just a way of spiritualizing trivial pleasures, i.e. pietism for worldly Christians?
Is cultural engagement just a way of legitimizing concern about things that don’t matter—thereby legitimizing a lack of concern in things that do matter?
Trueman’s examination of these four questions is perceptive, engaging and to the point, and I recommend you read the whole article.
Point of privilege: I thought it was funny that an article which speaks lots of sense in an anti-trendy manner should have bestowed on it such a horrible title: “Why Are There Never Enough Parking Spaces at the Prostate Clinic?” As is so common these days, you’ll have to read the article to understand what the title means. It turns out that the title has absolutely nothing to do with the article’s content—but it is a handy way to get the phrase “Prostrate Clinic” in your face.