Unsettled Christianity

Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
January 16th, 2014 by Joel Watts

My rather rude and rash response to @ivpacademic regarding “the list” and I MEAN IT

First see here:

Search Results – InterVarsity Press.

Second, please note this is not a plea or a proposal, just a hope.

God has made himself known to us in a variety of ways, many of which the books on that page enumerate. However, how is culture responding?

I’ve noticed the term “cultural theologian” springing up, from time to time. I would like to consider myself as such, but as there are others who are far, far better at that than I, I will refrain from publicly declaring myself as such.

But, as I wrote the other day, I believe our culture is attempting to make itself known to God. I know, an odd phrase. Why wouldn’t God already know about us? I guess a better way of phrasing it, is that our culture is seeking God and using pop culture to speak about this. Yes, God is made known, but the theology of the culture betrays their need for God as well as a perceived absence of God.

So mainly, I’d like to see a theological book (not a puff piece) on the theological language at work in our pop culture and what it means for the future of our generation. How do we use what is there to reveal not an absent or even a known god, but the God of an orthodox Christian faith?

Remember, the Apostle Paul stood upon Mar’s Hill and spoke to those Greek pagans using their language. The Church Fathers did as well. Justin Martyr believed the Logos to exist in other times and places so as to point us to the truth. Why do we believe the Logos no longer works like that?

And yes, I am going to use nearly every chance to tout this.

Oh, and nothing rude about the response. IVP is awesome.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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