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Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching
Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite
By Dick Staub
Published by Jossey-Bass
It can be a lot of fun to
be a Christian in American these days. We can go to enormous churches packed
with people just like us. We can be entertained by Christian music, Christian
movies, Christian television, Christian cruises, wear Christian clothes,
go on Christian diets—there is a whole Christian world to keep us safe
from the the world. Too bad it has little to do with authentic Christianity;
at least we are entertained.
In The Culturally Savvy Christian, author Dick Staub takes the culture to task by calling individual Christians to examine their own assumptions and get serious, savvy and skilled to reclaim the culture by reviving their relationships with their Savior, and present something through our lives that will make the exclusive claims of Christianity irresistible to our cafeteria-style spiritual neighbors.
No one has been closer to the past half century of cultural maelstrom. Staub's first anecdote recalls as a re-newed believer bypassing marijuana joints at a Jefferson Airplane concert at San Francisco's Fillmore West in the 1967 Summer of Love. In his subsequent roles as a writer, speaker, and radio talk show host, he faithfully tracks popular culture and tries to make sense of it from a Christian perspective. His previous book, Christian wisdom of the Jedi Masters proves just how far he will go to make his point.
Staub defines "The culturally
savvy Christian" as being ". . . serious about faith, savvy about faith
and culture, and skilled in relating the two." The book is divided neatly
into three sections based on those definitions: "Savvy," "Serious," and
"Skilled," which state the case that neither the Christians or the pagans
are getting it right. There is a deeper, far more satisfying spirituality
available for those who will turn their backs on the cheap substitutes
currently offered. He finishes with a vision of true counter culture that
may be difficult to achieve, but once experienced, too alluring to dismiss.