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Did Paul Use Pop Culture?

Here is another example of what happens when you don’t sufficiently recognize what pop culture is and where and when it arose. Derek Brown claims that when Paul quoted Greek poets or playwrites, he “engaged popular culture so he could better communicate the gospel.” Ostensibly, this is the same thing as quoting Harry Potter or Beyoncé.

The problem is that pop culture as we know it today did not exist prior to the Industrial Revolution. So whatever Paul is doing in the New Testament, he is not “engaging popular culture.”

Thankfully, Brown does acknowledge that some “literature and cultural concepts aren’t always compatible with the gospel.” Amen.

Source: How Should Christians Treat Pop Culture? Just Like Paul Did. | LogosTalk

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Cutlure, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and three children.

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