April 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM EDT
In response to the criticism that some people are “so heavenly minded as to be no earthly good,” some Christian groups and organizations now speak of “changing culture,” “transforming society,” or “repairing (or redeeming) the world.” This emphasis on humans as agents of redemption has roots in a theological movement known as Neo-Calvinism, which Time Magazine identifies as one of the most significant developments in contemporary America.
Recently, a number of Christian authors and scholars, including Andy Crouch and James Davison Hunter, have pushed back on this emphasis and movement, arguing that it overstates the role of human agency in fulfilling the Lord’s prayer: “may your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
Please join us as three theologians ponder this issue at our final Friday Conversation of the year:
Conversation at 5. Pizza at 6.