New Book Challenging the Evangelical Movement in America: Western Culture Against God
Christianity in Western Culture
New book by Tom Stallter: The Gap Between God and Christianity: The Turbulences of Western Culture
The Gap Between God and Christianity is the result of decades of observing Western Christianity in the United States and Europe and non-Western Christianity in Africa, Korea, and Native America and years of teaching applied cultural anthropology and cross-cultural communication . Through it all, the author has come to possess a deep concern for churches, Christian schools, and mission agencies today. We seem to have ignored this monster culture and our own has played tricks on us, invading our thinking about God, godliness, and ministry. It’s time to close the gap.
This book is about the interference of our Western culture in reading and responding to the Word of God. Until recently, Christians did not pay attention to the effects of culture on people, especially theirs on them. But that has been our mistake and our weakness as Westerners in our understanding of ourselves and others in the world around us. Another result is that we have neglected to see that reading the Bible is a cross-cultural experience, and we are ill-prepared for it. The gap between God and Christianity exposes this serious distortion and opens up our understanding of the influence of our culture on our Christian lives and when we read the Bible.
We have a Western prescription in our cultural lenses, helping us to interpret our experience and communication in our own situation, but distorting the meaning of experience and communication in other cultures, including the Bible. If we let it, it drives a wedge between us and God’s intentions for us in His Word. While it’s a kind of high treason to talk about the influence of culture on us individualists, it’s time we met God on his own terms and let him speak for himself. The Gap Between God and Christianity helps us cross the chasm.
Thomas M. Stallter
Grace Theological Seminary
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