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Plowing In Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture [Paperback]

By David Bruce Hegeman (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 8, 1999
Publisher   Canon Press
ISBN  1885767633  
EAN  9781885767639  

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Outline ReviewPlowing in Hope seeks to affirm the power and glory of human culture within a clearly defined biblical theology. True culture, Hegeman writes, "is not an activity to keep mankind occupied until something else (presumably better) happens. It has a particular God-ordained end in view: the development of the earth into a global network of gardens and cities in harmony with nature--a glorious garden-city." Placing the development of human culture in a biblical context through a close examination of key words in Greek and Hebrew ("work," for example), the author explores the true importance of the labor we do upon the world, arguing that true work must involve the "threefold connotation of work, service, and worship.

Not all will agree with Hegeman's conclusions; he rejects the monastic ideal of celibacy, for example, as a "denial of the normative goodness of marriage and the culturative commandment to fill the earth," and assumes that much of "non-Christian art" is useful in that it "may be given over to God's people for their use and enjoyment." Nonetheless, the book will be helpful to Bible-focused Christians who are looking for an affirmation of human culture in a Christ-centered context. --Doug Thorpe

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"The Bible begins in a garden and ends in a city." The prevailing "culture war" view is too ingrown. It holds that culture is primarily an ideological/religious struggle between good and evil, godly and rebellious art, literature, politics, philosophy, etc. But at its foundation, culture is about building, not about conflict. Doing culture from a positive, earth-transformational perspective will help us build a more comprehensive, radical, holistic culture in line with the principles of Scripture, with less opportunity for compromise with unbelieving cultures we might encounter.

This book aims to start us down the path toward a biblical theology of culture by providing a positive, clear, and colorful introduction to the topic. Hegeman shows that culture has a particular God-ordained end in view: the development of the earth into a global network of gardens and cities in harmony with nature-a glorious garden-city.

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The church is to form culture, not engage in culture war  Feb 13, 2008
The central thesis of this book is that the church has skewed her expectations and mission with regard to cultural engagement. "Culture war" is a poor paradigm: humanity has a cultural mandate and the church, as the renewed humanity, has primarily to get on and form good culture. Reforming, contending with and competing with bad culture should be a consequence of that, rather than the driving force of our efforts.

This will be a particularly helpful book for anyone unfamiliar (or indeed suspicious of or hostile to) the cultural mandate.

There is an excellent appendix on the Lord's Day and the relationship between our Lord's Day worship and our culture-forming worship.

Hegeman helpfully covers a great deal of ground in a very slim and digestible volume.
Our Role in God's Creation  Jul 23, 2007
David Hegeman has written an interesting book called 'Plowing in Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture.' Noting that the Bible begins with a garden and ends with a city, Hegeman walks through the Scripture showing the importance of culture, and our role in it. It is his prayer that " this book will help the bride of Jesus Christ recover her vital call to rule, fill, work, and preserve the earth as a high and indispensable priority. Culture-making is not optional; it is a command which from the very beginning has never been revoked" (23). This book is helpful for anyone desiring to know what the Scripture says concerning culture.
----This is the goal of the culturative enterprise. We rule as vice-regents of the Creator, bringing the whole earth under human subjection so that we in turn may present the creation to God. Our rule of the earth has its ultimate fulfillment in Christ's perfect rule." 43
----"We are redeemed so that we may work! The human race is brought back to a state of righteousness so that we might return to our Edenic calling to develop ('work') the earth into a glorious garden-city and finally take possession of our long-awaited inheritance." 71
The "Cultural Mandate" at its finest!  Oct 28, 2006
Superb application of biblical theology to culture, with strong scriptural foundation. Hegeman makes fascinating, extensive and understandable use of original biblical Greek and Hebrew words to support his arguments. Excellent discussion (and refutation) of the "Christian as pilgrim" view along with a helpful exegesis of 2 Pet. 3:10-13 from a transformationalist viewpoint. Instructive postscript on developing a Christian critique of the arts. Will destroy any latent gnostic ideas you have, especially regarding work. Much-needed, unique (biblical!) treatment of an often confused subject (Christ and culture).
A cultured perspective on culture  Apr 18, 2002
Many Christian books on culture focus exclusively on the most pompous form of culture - politics. Hegeman takes us a step back to our cultural presuppositions. Laying out the biblical themes of Eden and the New Jerusalem, he sets the stage in a very practical way so that we can act out our culture based on something more profound than the mid-term election.
Outstanding!  May 15, 2001
Christians desperately need books of this kind to think about God's view of human culture. The author does a wonderful job of laying out a biblical theology of culture. I especially appreciated his demonstration of the progressiveness of God's redemptive work in culture as well as in us! If you are tired of "culture wars" and "boycott lists" as the only interaction many evangelicals have with culture- this book is for you.

The book is well written and solidly argued. A must for anyone interested in reforming all of life for the glory of God!


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