In this book William A. Dyrness explores the relationship between the biblical gospel and American culture. He shows how three dominant American cultural values—pragmatism, optimism, and individualism—have both a positive and negative impact on our Christian discipleship, looks at Walter Rauschenbusch and Robert Schuller as case studies, and sets out a distinctively American way of appropriating the gospel.
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This is a profound study of how the gospel relates to the North American context. Dyrness combines cross-cultural sensitivities with theological astuteness and a solid grasp of American experiences and traditions. His brief analysis of Robert Schuller’s ‘contextualized message’ is simply brilliant! I recommend this book with much enthusiasm.
—Richard Mouw, former president, Fuller Theological Seminary
As an astute observer of American culture and an able theologian, Dyrness brings the biblical text to bear on the modern context. A learned work with evangelical power.
—Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, Andover Newton Theological School
An illuminating survey of the interaction between the gospel and American society through the centuries and an assessment of their present relations.
—Lesslie Newbigin, author, Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture
William A. Dyrness is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His books include Reformed Theology and Visual Culture, Senses of the Soul, and A Primer on Christian Worship.