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A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily…

A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life

by Kelly Monroe Kullberg

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This devotional begins the week with a short biblical or theological topic then each day follows the theme with the following days taking a daily devotional thought from history, philosophy, science, literature, art, and contemporary culture. another title for this book could be how to do theology 101. Another nice thought is naming the weeks as week 1, 2, 3, etc. and not by specific date. ( )
  revslick | Aug 28, 2011 |
A 15 week devotional covering topics of history, theology, literature, culture, art, philosophy, and science. Topics are written by different specialists and scholars, demonstrating the history of faith and the role of faith and the faith perspective in the various topics above.

A beneficial devotional to become a little better informed about various topics in life. ( )
  deusvitae | Nov 4, 2010 |
Kullberg & Arrington set out with a lofty goal: to unite seven different subjects of study in one devotional which would cause the reader to consider and interact with some of the great ideas, events, and people in the world. The fields are:

1. Bible and Theology
2. History
3. Philosophy
4. Science
5. Literature
6. Arts
7. Contemporary Culture

To accomplish this task, they pulled together an impressive list of people: Francis Schaeffer, Chuck Colson, Erwin McManus, Lee Strobel, and John Stott to name a few. While there are some bright spots in the book, I found that the majority of the devotions were weak for a few reasons:

1. The authors were too safe. For example, most of the “science” writers had a vested interest in Intelligent Design theory. I was hoping for some divergent views—theistic evolution, anyone?
2. While the topics were wide-ranging, the meditations on them were firmly entrenched in popular evangelicalism. One of the paragraphs that drove me crazy was Walter Kaizer suggesting that if Sodom wasn’t razed, then our faith is in vain (a horrible misuse of 1 Corinthians 15).
3. It was more apologetic than substantive. I felt like many of the devotions were trying to convince me why their view was better than other views. This was especially obvious in the bible, science, and philosophy sections.

If you’ve never considered topics outside of typical devotional reading, and would like a safe look at History, Philosophy, and the Arts, then this book is a good place to start. The “Arts” topic in particular has some of the best devotions: I learned a lot about the lives of various composers and painters.

However, if you’ve dabbled in different fields before, and want a challenge, this book will feel too much like evangelical propaganda. ( )
  StephenBarkley | Jul 22, 2009 |
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Renew Your Sense of Wonder Refresh Your Education Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington offer a daily guided tour through many of the paintings, laboratories, rock arenas, great books, mass movements, and private lives that have shaped the ways in which we think and live. This educational devotional will inspire us to go beyond critique to creativity as we discover the wonder of God in seven subjects---theology, history, philosophy, science, literature, art, and contemporary culture. Explore significant ideas, people, and events from a Christian worldview in a format that fits your busy life. A Faith and Culture Devotional will help bridge the artificial gap between learning truth and loving God---inspiring you with the wonder at the genius, power, and beauty of Jesus Christ. Learn and Grow with Christian Thought Leaders including: Dallas Willard, John Eldredge, Michael Behe, Frederica Matthews-Green, Darrell Bock, William Lane Craig, R. C. Sproul, Randy Alcorn. Scot McKnight

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