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All God’s Children And Blue Sued Shoes

September 16, 2013

Christian worldview is a term tossed around a great deal in recent years and books and other resources abound promising to help make sense of the subject. While not exhaustive in its intended scope ALL GOD’S CHILDREN AND BLUE SUEDE SHOES: Christians & Popular Culture by Kenneth A. Meyers (1989, Crossway Books) a part of Turning Points Christian Worldview series does a better job than most to contribute thoughtfully to the worldview discussion. In dissecting popular culture Myers stays clear of the obvious moralizing over individual expressions and excesses of pop culture instead choosing to focus on the impact it has on the very way we think and process information and the expectations we bring to living. The Plague of Terminal Trendinesss is the title of the introduction and sets the tone for the rest of the book that coves an overview of culture as a whole, an exploration of the expectations assumptions, roots vehicles and impacts specifically on an uncritical Christian audience. Myers argues persuasively that what we think is the problem with pop culture hides the more insidious aspects of fostering an expectation for instantaneous gratification and an unquenchable thirst for all that is novel. utilizing excellent quotations and examples (although now a bit dated, but I still remember all of them) Meyers makes the book readable and easy to engage but also contains the citations necessary to track down footnote references for deeper study. I found the book difficult to put down and extremely thought-provoking in all aspects. If you want a worldview resource that stands the test of time and qualifies as well written and witty this would be a great addition to your library.

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