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    Henry R. Van Til(Author),Richard Mouw(Foreword)

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An important contribution to the literature on Christianity and culture, this classic work represents the influential Dutch Calvinist theological strand of thinking.

"While a number of good books introducing the basics of a Christian worldview have appeared in recent years, none of them provides the kind of systematic theological background that we find in Van Til's book, with its nuanced exploration of the status of cultural activity in creation, the fall, redemption, and the final consummation of all things. . . . Henry Van Til's Calvinistic Concept of Culture remains an excellent guide for anyone wanting to learn the ways of cultural obedience to the One who claims every square inch of the creation as his own." -From the foreword by Richard J. Mouw Henry R. Van Til was professor of Bible at Calvin College. He received his Th.M. from Westminster Seminary and also studied at the Free University of Amsterdam.

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  • By Phillip B. Panczuk on July 23, 2014

    This is an interesting discussion about the origins of culture, religion's role in shaping culture, and Calvin's role as a theology affecting both religion and culture. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the interplay between these factors. A rudimentary knowledge of Calvin's theology is helpful; if you don't have that, you won't get it here, and the book will be a bit less meaningful, but helpful all the same.

  • By Ernest A. Brown Jr. on July 20, 2014

    Not a particularly easy read, I did find some thought provoking ideas. For those who find anthropology blended with theology interesting, this book may serve as an excellent resource. Too, apologist may also find some interesting perspectives that would apply to their discipline.

  • By SLIMJIM on June 3, 2014

    For those who are familiar with Cornelius Van Til and his work on apologetics, this book will be a treat. The author happen to be Cornelius Van Til's nephew, and the work explores the implication of Calvinistic theology on culture. Divided into three parts, the first section is largely devoted to the question of what is culture, the relation of it to culture and the effect of sin upon culture. In light of John Calvin's 500th birthday, for those who are exploring the rich heritage of this servant of God will enjoy part two of the book that discusses the historical development of Calvin and his Reformed predecessors' contribution towards the intellectual framework for a Calvinistic culture. This section also has a discussion about Augustine. Finally, the third section goes over some of the implication of the theology of Calvinism as it pertains to culture. Excellent work, rather lengthy read at times, but thought stimulating never the less. It has a vintage Dutch Reformed flavor throughout the book. Despite being dated, it is still relevant for those who are exploring what their theology mean when it comes to culture.


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