The Rabbit Room Book Group: Culture Making

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If you’ve been a Christian for a while, then chances are you’ve ended up in conversations about culture. At least, I know I have.

As a child and teenager, being “in the world, not of it” meant no rated R movies or secular music recorded after sometime in the 80s. (Thankfully, The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel were fine.) As an adult, I realized there was no escaping the world, so I turned to examination and participation. I read books and articles about film, felt super-hip-and-edgy when I convinced myself to like Radiohead, and started noticing the little quirks that made up the American evangelical and homeschool cultures that shaped me.

It’s still fun to talk about these things. Chances are, you found your way to The Rabbit Room because talking about the intersections of faith, life, and art is exactly what we do. But are conversations enough?

“What is it, exactly, that we are called to do in the world? Are we called to ‘transform culture’ or to ‘change the world’? If we are to be culture makers, where in the world do we begin?” – Andy Crouch, Culture Making

This summer, let’s explore those questions together. The Rabbit Reads Book Group returns August 6th with Culture Making by Andy Crouch, this year’s Hutchmoot keynote speaker. Originally published in 2008, Crouch’s in-depth exploration of culture offers a stirring challenge that has plenty to say to our world of 2018.

Laure Hittle and I will be your hosts as we discuss the meaning of culture, the role our Christian faith plays in it, and how we can make something beautiful and true of the world we’ve been given.

If you missed our previous reading groups, here’s what you can expect. For six weeks, we’ll read Culture Making together. Each week, we’ll share a reflection here on The Rabbit Room blog, then offer a up few questions for discussion in the blog comments. We’ll also set up a thread on The Rabbit Room Forums for longer conversations.

Here’s the reading schedule (subject to change):

  • Week 1 (8/6): Introduction, Ch 1-2
  • Week 2 (8/13): Ch 3-5
  • Week 3 (8/20): Ch 6-8
  • Week 4 (8/27): Ch 9-11
  • Week 5 (9/3): Ch 12-14
  • Week 6 (9/10): Ch 15-16

Culture Making is now available in The Rabbit Room store. Order a copy today, and we’ll see you on August 6th!

Jen was born and raised in central Florida, but now lives in the strange land of southern New England. Her words have appeared in TS Poetry’s Every Day Poems, CCM Magazine, and other publications, and she recently released her first poetry collection Ruins & Kingdoms. Some of her favorite things include used bookstores, good coffee, messing about in the kitchen, and local adventures with her husband Chris.


1 Comment

  1. R.Michael

    @rmspangler

    Sounds like a great idea. I just read this last night, “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out” (Gildor to Frodo, talking about the diminishing security of the Shire in The Fellowship of the Ring, p.82).

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