Responses to Coming Together on Culture

In my last blog post,  Coming Together on Culture, Part 1: Theological Issues , I Said That, Despite all the division over Christ and culture in the Christian church today, I Perceived That some people in each camp listening to the critiques Were and Were incrementally making revisions That moved them closer Toward the other camps and positions. I highlighted the Transformationist and Two Kingdoms views, arguing That each model had some imbalances, but That Were many Recognizing and Incorporating them insights from other models. You can see what I wrote  here . Most of the critiques I gave the Transformationist side came from the Kuyperians themselves. (See James KA Smith's recent book  Desiring the Kingdom  and the exchanges in Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought  here .)

The post generated some resistance. Michael Goheen, a Noted author Kuyperian from the movement, made a comment on our website. I Said That I and co-author Craig Bartholomew (Along with others), while solidly in the camp Transformationist, had "Appropriated the work of Newbigin and would espouse a more missional Kuyperianism. That is social engagement is not first of all to change society-that May happen but ... the goal ... is to witness to the Lordship of Christ over all areas of public life and to love our neighbor as we struggle against dehumanizing idolatry. "

Meanwhile, Michael Horton, a prominent Two Kingdoms (or 2K) theologian,  posted a blog  in response to mine, similarly resisting my depiction of the Two Kingdoms position. Although  six years ago I wrote : "There is no Difference between Christians and non-Christians with Respect to Their vocations ...." and "there is no 'Christian politics' or 'Christian art' or 'Christian literature,' any more than there is 'Christian plumbing,' "  I now writes : "Nothing in the 2K view entails that 'Christians do not, then, Pursue Their vocation in a' distinctively Christian way 'or' That neither the church nor Single Christians Should be in the business of changing the world or society. '"Then, after reminding us That no political movement can" transform the kingdoms of this age into the kingdom of Christ "That I have added nevertheless Christian-led social Reforms were good things. Horton confirmed the ideas importance of Kuyper's distinction Between the church as organization and organism, and finally Expressed appreciation for the conversation.

These two writers, DESPITE Their Concerns valid acerca caricature, seem to me to Provide evidence indeed That May there be a "coming together on culture" among Christians. Mike Goheen's emphasis, still Kuyperian Clearly Within a model, has incorporated many insights and critiques from other sources and Brought to balance to the whole "Christian worldview" way of Engaging culture. And Michael Horton's comments clarified or slightly modified Either the often-heard remarks 2K That there is no distinction Between the way Christians and non-Christians work in the world. His gracious spirit shows This Conversation That can go on and the various Approaches can learn from each other.