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 is the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He is the author or editor of twenty books, including Retrieving the Natural Law (2008), Natural Law and Religious Freedom (2018), and, most recently, Just War and Christian Traditions (forthcoming). He is also co-editor of Abraham Kuyper, Common Grace: God's Gifts for a Fallen World, Volume 3 (2020). He is a contributing editor to Touchstone.

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