It’s one thing to talk about engaging, interacting with, or “reclaiming” culture. Putting our theories into practice is another thing entirely.
In Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians, Dr. Bruce Riley Ashford highlights six Christians whose lives model various perspectives on the relationship between Christianity and culture. Each of his examples are well-known for their influence both inside and outside the church. Few, however, held as many positions of influence as Abraham Kuyper: pastor, journalist, newspaper founder, professor, university founder, parliament member, and prime minister.
“From these many vantage points,” Ashford says, “Kuyper sought to work out the implications of the gospel. Both his writings and his life story show us a Christian who, like Augustine, not only critiqued culture, but made culture.”