There is a lot of talk about culture today, but very little clarity as to what, exactly, the word means. Further, discussions tend to lump all culture into one nebulous category, failing to recognize important distinctions between different forms of culture.
In this episode of “By the Waters of Babylon,” I consider where the idea of culture came from, what biblical ideas parallel the modern concept of culture, and what has happened historically to create three distinct forms of culture.
I also highlight a beautiful hymn about our love for God, “My God, I Love Thee,” set to a tune that is a great representation of one category under discussion—folk culture. I also recommend what has become a classic book on the subject of Christians and pop culture, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers.
I pray this episode will be edifying for you!