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Plowing in Hope: Towards a Biblical Theology of Culture [Paperback]

By David Bruce Hegeman (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2011
Publisher   Canon Press
ISBN  1591280494  
EAN  9781591280491  


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Culture is a continuing, forward process-the gradual unveiling of truth as life. But often we get ensnarled. We can only imagine culture as a war, a gritty ideological and religious struggle where every arena is bloody with strife: art, philosophy, cuisine, music, literature, science. But at its foundation, culture is about building, not conflict. The time has come for us to beat our swords into plowshares. By realizing the Bible's vision for a cultivated earth, we can build a more comprehensive, radical, holistic culture, resistant to compromise and dedicated to a Trinitarian aesthetic. What does this culture look like? It is the development of the earth into a global fabric of gardens and cities in harmony with nature-a glorious garden-city. Plowing in Hope provides a positive, clear, and colorful introduction to this transformational topic.

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Culture is a continuing, forward process-the gradual unveiling of truth as life. But often we get ensnarled. We can only imagine culture as a war, a gritty ideological and religious struggle where every arena is bloody with strife: art, philosophy, cuisine, music, literature, science. But at its foundation, culture is about building, not conflict. The time has come for us to beat our swords into plowshares. By realizing the Bible's vision for a cultivated earth, we can build a more comprehensive, radical, holistic culture, resistant to compromise and dedicated to a Trinitarian aesthetic. What does this culture look like? It is the development of the earth into a global fabric of gardens and cities in harmony with nature-a glorious garden-city. Plowing in Hope provides a positive, clear, and colorful introduction to this transformational topic. "David Hegeman's approach is refreshingly different. He maps out a positive theology of culture building rooted in Creation and extending into the New Jerusalem. His wonderful little book, based on sound Biblical exegesis, presents a compelling case for why and how we should build a culture that magnifies God and ennobles men." -David Ayers, Grove City College, Pennsylvania

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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.
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----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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