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David Hegeman nicely summarizes a biblical theological approach to culture.

Mankind’s mission to transform the earth through culture-making was radically altered—but not abandoned—by the entrance of sin into the world. The Fall made the human race rebel against God’s righteous commands, including the command to rule and work the creation. Nevertheless, fallen mankind was still capable of some culturative good. Man was now the object of God’s holy wrath. A perfect sacrifice was needed so that mankind could be reconciled to the Father. This salvation was secured through the incarnate Son of God—Jesus Christ. Man could now be restored to a state of holiness so that he could return to his calling to rule, fill, work, and keep the creation. The future hope of God’s people is eternal life on the glorious, restored New Earth, where culture will flourish without the detrimental effects of sin, and the best and most noble of human cultural artifacts will furnish the holy Jerusalem. (Hegeman, Plowing in Hope, 64)

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  1. Jason
    June 11, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Hey Chad,

    I just finished reading this book while on vacation a couple of weeks ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think it fits in well with your blog on Heaven and the concept of the recovery of Shalom (in its truest, biblical sense) in the Person and Work of Christ. Of course, when dealing with Scripture from a Redemptive-Historical, or Biblical Theological perspective, all Scripture fits in well with itself! I also recommend Cornelius Plantinga’s book, “Not The Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin”.
    Keep up the good work of the Lord!


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