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Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08QH6NTW1
- Publisher : Australian Heart Publishing (12 December 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1163 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 399 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 173,576 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Highly recommended :)
Pastor and Author, Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace
Firstly it is readable - a key requisite for a good book! Kurt writes well and keeps our attention.
Secondly it is full of great quotes - some of which I knew - others I was not aware of. But it is not a book that is just a collection of quotes - they are applied to his argument well and add colour and depth to his consistent overall thesis.
Thirdly is avoids the trap of falling into the culture wars and forgetting Christ and his church.
It is a book that I will return to again - and one that is an excellent primer for any Christian wanting to understand what is going on in our world. It is effectively a combination of CS Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Tim Keller, Os Guinness and other Christian commentators with an Aussie flavour.
There are one or two things that I would quibble about. For me it is still too American-centric - despite the Aussie flavour. And what's with the 14 pages of commendations?! I appreciate the diversity and significance of those who are commending (one or two apparently through gritted teeth!), but 14 pages is a bit OTT. I'm not convinced that all the 'values' in the list of Western Christian values are either specifically Western or Christian. And one of its great strengths will turn out to be one of its weaknesses - it is very up to date - Covid, China etc.
However these are minor quibbles. Overall the book is one I will return to (perhaps do a fuller review) and use. In fact it is one that I will buy a stock of and use in my work. It almost acts as a compendium of current biblical writing and thinking on contemporary culture. Kurt Mahlburg is described as "an emerging Australian voice on culture and the Christian faith". Well now he has emerged - and I look forward to hearing much more from him!