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The Historical Development of “Culture”

The Historical Development of “Culture”

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Historically,1 the term “culture” did not emerge in its common use until the late 18th century. The term itself is much older, its Latin roots centered squarely in discussion of agriculture. As early as 1776, however, the term began to be used metaphorically to describe what Matthew Arnold called “the best which has been thought… Continue Reading

Paul and Cultural Critique: Titus 1:12-13

Paul and Cultural Critique: Titus 1:12-13

This entry is part 2 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In relation to critiquing other cultures in an age of cultural relativism, Titus 1:12-13 caught my eye a couple of years ago as I was working through this passage, in particular, Paul’s quotation in 1:12, and his estimation of it in 1:13. The quotation which Paul gave is from a Cretan poet, Epimenides: “Cretans are… Continue Reading