Christian enculturation

“In the process of teaching or catechizing new Christians [in the early church], it was taken with great seriousness that the commitment that they were making was a corporate one, and an exclusive one. And that it entailed a body of meaning that in many ways was inviting them to become members of a counterculture, from the one in which they had converted from [sic]. And even the catechetical process itself begins to raise important questions about the church as culture. That you are de facto encouraging the new Christian to learn a new vocabulary, a new sense of what is the highest, the good, and the beautiful; that there really are true things and false things; that there really are certain moral lines to be drawn in the sand, and that you may struggle with these, and part of the struggle is very good.”

D. H. Hart, quoted in Ken Myers, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1989), xiv.

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