Culture Shift - Review
Everyone agrees that the world is changing at a rapid pace. Scientific discoveries push social trends as our level of connectedness blasts through the roof. The internet has leveled the playing field of communication where ideas and feelings are spread through a variety of social networking tools. The influence of post-modernism, once theorized by academics, is driving our culture at a fever pitch. R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes about some of these trends in his book titled, Culture Shift. He proposes a moral response to issues surrounding law, terror, abortion, and tolerance. Its an ambitious task to say the least. The book is written through a series topical chapters and aims for every possible hot topic of cultural debate. The public education system, Islam, and atheism are diagnosed from Mohler's Christian perspective. From chapter to chapter Mohler presents problems and possible solutions. This is also a patriotic book. The subject matter is generally focused on, as the subtitle suggests, the moral heart of America. The book is clearly a work of conviction but comes across a bit preachy. Mohler deals in absolutes and readers looking for more nuanced solutions to the issues presented will be disappointed.
I would not recommend reading this book. It was driven by a passionate motivation to redeem (American) culture. I would agree with Mohler on many points but the tones of alarm and righteousness do not resonate with me. If you are interested on matters of (American) culture and feel uninformed about the challenges facing the christian church in the twenty-first century than pick it up. If you want to start a relationship with your pegan neighbor then you might want to look elsewhere.
This book was provided to me for review by the publisher through the Blogging for Books program of Water Brook Multnomah.