Did you know? (Sunday, August 28, 2022)

In his book “Christ and Culture,” Richard Niebuhr outlines three ways in which Christians have sought to live faithfully for Christ as they relate to the culture surrounding them. He called the third of these approaches “Christ above culture.” This is a medial position between the first two. This approach regards cultural expressions as basically good. Instead of choosing between Christ and culture, its proponents argue, we are to rely on both, as God uses the best elements of culture to give people what they cannot achieve independently. Aspects of culture, however, may need to be augmented or perfected by Christian revelation and the work of the church, with Christ supreme over both.