The call to make the world a better place is inherent in Christianity. But why have so many efforts by Christians gone so tragically wrong? James Davison Hunter observes that although a vast majority of people in the U.S. are professing Christians and many are very religious, our culture—business, law and government, the academic world, popular entertainment—is intensely materialistic and secular. Why is this? Why are religious people not changing our culture? Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and author of Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, Hunter argues that Christians in the U.S. have a fundamentally flawed understanding of what culture is and how cultures change. Many mistakenly hold to an idealistic, “specious social theory” that culture changes when hearts and minds— people’s values and worldviews—are changed. According to Hunter, “This account is almost wholly mistaken.”

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