Too Christian, Too Pagan: How to Love the World Without Falling for It
206 pages, $16.99
Dick Staub, a Seattle-based radio personality who for years hosted a nationally syndicated show out of Chicago, has earned a reputation for pushing the limits of Christian broadcasting. During his Chicago days, Staub often followed interviews of conventional evangelical guests with segments on soul-food cookbooks and feminist scholars. The show reflected his wide-ranging curiosity and desire to engage mainstream culture. Today, in addition to his radio gig, Staub is president of the Center for Faith and Culture.
Staub is an eloquent spokesman for the Roaring Lambs movement inspired by the late Bob Briner. A bit of a Renaissance man, he explores the worlds of literature, entertainment, and politics. Along the way, he examines the worldviews of various cultural voices, from Mahatma Gandhi to Sinéad O'Connor, and suggests how to distinguish non-Christian but sincerely questioning thought leaders from those who are deliberately hostile. His clear, concise prose is both gentle and persuasive.
"Behind every contested subject in the culture war are human beings," Staub says. "We can treat these subjects as issues for which we have right answers, or we can treat them first as issues affecting people made in the image of God whom we love."
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Staub's CultureWatch.net has film reviews, links to other articles about the intersection of faith and culture, and a quotes section.
Miscellany from Staub's old Chicago-based radio program is available at DickStaub.com.
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