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THE CULTURALLY SAVVY CHRISTIAN: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite
Dick Staub • Jossey-Bass • 256 pages • $21.95

How should Christians respond to a culture that has gradually declined into "soulless" pop superficiality? According to author and radio host Dick Staub, most tend to conform to it, combat it, or cocoon from it. The Culturally Savvy Christian offers an alternative.

Staub argues that the problems of Western culture are the problems of the Christian subculture. He calls this "Christianity-Lite," which he considers the "predominant energy in American Christianity." Unfortunately, he never specifically defines the term, loosely tracing its origins to the rise of evangelicalism in the '50s.

Staub devotes much of the book to encouraging readers to keep God present in daily living. We cannot hope to transform culture without first transforming ourselves through God's Word. Much of this comes across as Mere Christianity-Lite—half a chapter is devoted to why C. S. Lewis was the 20th century's ultimate culturally savvy Christian.

The final chapters show the most thought and personality, challenging readers to be discerning about culture while responding to it tactfully and creatively. Bob Briner's Roaring Lambs better explained how to affect culture, while Staub argues simply that we should become skilled in relating our faith to our culture. Excerpted below is part of the book's second chapter.

—Russ Breimeier
Online Managing Editor, Christian Music Today

Shrinking Christianity and the Image of God: Christianity-Lite I want to make it clear that today, one can still find a robust remnant committed to reflecting the image of God through spiritual, ...

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