Saturday, January 12, 2013

A New Community of Enculturization

Patristics scholar Paul Hartog on "Lessons from Pre-Christian Culture for Post-Christian Culture":

"The early churches saw themselves as new communities of enculturalization, actually trying to form a new culture among the young people. And those who deal with issues of culture would stress the trans-generational nature of enculturalization. It takes older generations enculturalizing younger generations in the culture of a specific value system, in this case, the church....Otherwise when we lose a culture, it takes a lot of work to rebuild a value system."

This is precisely the approach of High Country Baptist Church. I'd encourage you to listen thoughtfully to the whole presentation, which can be found here. (The quote above comes from approximately the 56:30 mark in the recording.)

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