A large part of apologetics is the way that we, the Church as a community, engage with the culture. I have included some thoughts and a message from Tim Keller that I think can help us wrestle with this question. If I were to summarize his message, I would say it is ‘Do not abandon, attack or assimilate with culture. Instead, be Christ’s presence within the culture.’
What are your thoughts on Keller’s message? How do you think the Church has engaged culture poorly? How has it done so well? What do you think the implications of how we engage culture are for apologetics? The Lord bless our conversation.
Keller lists these wrong ways:
- defensive against (triumphalism - take back the culture)
- purity from (stay away from / isolate from culture)
- relevant to (need to be hip and in style)
And says the right way is:
- faithful presence within culture