Christ & Culture, II

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
by James Davison Hunter
Oxford University Press, 2010
(358 pages, $27.95, hardcover)

reviewed by J. Daryl Charles

Three essays form the backbone of this intriguing volume, in which the author, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia, offers a highly provocative critique of Christian faith in contemporary American culture. Hunter’s argument can be summed up in three theses.

Thesis number one, under the rubric “Christianity and World-Changing,” is that while a passion to engage, shape, and change the world for the better seems to be . . .

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J. Daryl Charles serves as the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He is author, co-author or editor of seventeen books, including: Wisdom’s Works: Essays on Ethics, Vocation, and Cultural Engagement (Acton Institute, forthcoming), America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2019), Natural Law and Religious Freedom (Routledge, 2018), and The Just War Tradition: An Introduction (ISI Books, 2012). He is a contributing editor to Touchstone.

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