Christ And Culture

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Christ and Culture This paper will seek to examine and evaluate closely some key historical models in which Christians have understood the relation of Christ to culture. The relationship between Christ and human culture as Scripture presents it. However, this essay is somewhat limited to Andrew Walls’ “pilgrim principle”[1]in his essay ”The Gospel as Prisoner and Liberator of Culture” and Niebuhr’s “Christ Against Culture”[2] view form his book Christ and Culture. This paper will also try to answer the question whether in light of the “pilgrim principle” Christians should adopt “Niebuhr’s “Christ Against Culture” view. In trying to answer the not-so-easy question above, the author will briefly refer to African Culture, a culture with which the writer is familiar and comfortable to discuss. Perhaps the first step in the not-so easy process is to clarify the main terms and phrases to be examined, namely culture, the “Pilgrim Principle”, and “Christ Against Culture view “ respectively. Culture “Culture is an integrated system of beliefs; values, customs, behaviours, and artefacts that the members of society use to deal with their world and with one another, and that are transmitted from generation to generation through learning.”[3] Culture is like the “software of the mind”[4] as it binds and links people with their value systems. It is those perceived cultural values of a community that give it a sense of identity; form and influence the founding principles and philosophies of one’s life. Culture is indeed an integral part of living, but it is this same culture that Christ opposes totally and absolutely as the radical view above claims. Pilgrim Principle in Brief Andrew Walls, in his book, The Missionary Movement In Christian History, proposes two

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