Cultural Apologetics

Cultural Apologetics

Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination In a Disenchanted World
Paul M. Gould
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  • March 12, 2019

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About the Authors

Paul M. Gould

Paul M. Gould

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Purdue University

Paul Gould teaches philosophy and apologetics in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is also the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute and previously worked with students and professors as a staff member with CRU.


The post-Christian world we inhabit today presents us with a mundane and disenchanted view of reality. Under the sway of materialism and science, we have been left with a way of seeing, thinking, and living that has no place for beauty and wonder. We now live in a world bereft of magic and mystery.

Many—including many Christians—no longer perceive the world in its proper light. As a result, the Christian imagination is muted. Moreover, the church has grown anti-intellectual and sensate, out of touch with the relevancy of Jesus and how to relate the gospel to all aspects of contemporary life. As a result, the Christian voice is muted. In this age Christian wholeness remains elusive, blunting the church's ability to present a winsome and compelling witness for faith. As a result, the Christian conscience is muted.

Cultural Apologetics addresses this malaise by setting forth a fresh model for cultural engagement, rooted in the biblical account of Paul's speech on Mars Hill, which details practical steps for reestablishing the Christian voice, conscience, and imagination. Readers will be equipped to see, and help others see, the world as it is—deeply beautiful, mysterious, and sacred.

With creative insights, Cultural Apologetics prepares readers to share a vision of the Christian faith that is both plausible and desirable, offering clarity for those who have become disoriented in the haze of modern Western culture.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

  • 1. What Is Cultural Apologetics?

  • 2. Disenchantment

  • 3. Reenchantment

  • Interlude: Looking at and Looking Along

  • 4. Imagination

  • 5. Reason

  • 6. Conscience

  • 7. Addressing Barriers

  • 8. Home

  • Appendix: Applying the Model to Non-Western Cultures

  • Bibliography

  • Scripture Index

  • Subject Index

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