At the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture, we seek to engage culture as salt and light, and as Christians, we do so from a place of faith. Authors and thinkers have written much on this topic from various perspectives throughout history. No matter where you find yourself in this discussion—as a newcomer or expert hoping to find more to read—we have compiled a list for you. First, we’ll look to the surveys and introductions to the discussion of how faith interacts with culture and vice versa.
Level 1: Surveys & Introductions
In this first section, you’ll find some of the best works to address definitions of culture, how culture and faith are related to one another, and in what ways Christians are called to engage culture. The following eight works could be considered basic introductions that you could pick up whether you’ve thought on this topic for some time or are brand-new to the discussion.
- 1. Loving the City: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, Timothy Keller. It is fitting that Tim Keller’s Loving the City is placed first on this list. In this work, Keller not only introduces the reader to the majority of perspectives of how Christ and culture interact, but he also writes from a perspective of a practitioner who has had to think through this relationship in his church planting in New York City.
- 2. Christ and Culture, Richard Niebuhr
- 3. Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, Richard Mouw
- 4. Theology and Culture: A Guide to the Discussion, D. Stephen Long
- 5. Interpreting Your World: Five Lenses for Engaging Theology and Culture, Justin Ariel Bailey
- 6. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview, Albert Wolters
- 7. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living, Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
- 8. Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians, Bruce Ashford