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In The Culturally Savvy Christian - his incisive critique of contemporary culture and religion - Dick Staub concludes that though it is influential, American popular culture is generally superficial (diversionary, mindless, and celebrity-driven) spiritually delusional (moralistic, therapeutic, and deistic) and soulless (sustained not by art, craft, and ideas, but by the ma ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published April 13th 2007 by Jossey-Bass
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Thomas Freeman
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
1st Chapter was a bit slow.
2nd Chapter is excellent. Really does a good job looking at the issues of Culture.
3rd Chapter might be good for someone with a low understanding of theology but was simplistic and not necessarily helpful.

I found the middle of the book a bit slow. However, I did walk away with many good thoughts.

The end of the book builds a case for confronting culture by not following after the artistic and creativeness of current culture by rather by striking out to be excellent in bu
Tony Bostic
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall I thought this was a very informative and challenging book. He lost me though at the very end when he was talking about Christians being artists. Don't get me wrong, there was nothing he said that I disagreed with, it is that I am not really the artistic kind so I was a little lost.

I was really challenged to consider my own Christianity when he was describing today's Christian society in what he calls Christianity-lite. As he began describing the dumbing down in how we view things as Chr
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this book very inspiring. Based on the idea that we are caught between a popular culture attempting to build art without God and a religious culture that believes in a God disinterested in art, Dick Staub maintains that in order to make a difference in the arts/culture we must be serious about faith, savvy about culture and skilled at relating the two in order to fulfill our calling to be a loving transforming presence in the world. It is not enough to simply avoid the inappropriate, we ...more
Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it
dick staub is smart. he knows the power of culture and why christ-followers need to pay attention to it, not ignore it or create a christian subculture. the problem, however, is that his answer to combatting the rise/demise of culture is someone else's idea. he steals the thunder from richard foster's spiritual disciplines and references all of them, like they are his own original idea. i get why the spiritual disciplines will change culture: transformation of a widespread population occurs when ...more

The subtitle of this book sums it all up: "A Manifesto for deepening faith and enriching popular culture in an age of Christianity-Lite." My son in art school and I have had many interesting conversations about art and how most of what Christians produce is derivative and shallow. This book made a good case for reclaiming the arts and using them for God's glory, rather than isolating ourselves in our faith community.
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Lot of really good discussion points in this book, but the author has an unfortunate tendency to beat each point to death. Several times. With a good editor this book might have made a really nice three-part magazine article or blog post... but at +200 pages the author comes off in many cases as part grumpy-old-man and part 60s throw-back trying to be cool with the kids.
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Was really enjoying it before it had to go back to the library... interested to see where Dick Staub goes w/suggestions for moving forward following his incisive critique of the current state of affairs.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Read most of it in preparation for a workshop I taught on the subject of using cultural relevancy for relational ministry with youth. It was encouraging to find that my "material" was covered in this book.

A good resource to have around, I think.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it
the 1st half of the book is excellent. good for people turned off to christianity or people who are christians who need to stop turning people off to christianity. the 2nd half of the'd be better off putting it down and picking up FOSTER'S book on DISCIPLINE or any C.S. Lewis stuff.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A savvy look at how and why Christians should engage in dialogue over popular culture and be promoting the best in the fine arts.
Jan 10, 2008 marked it as to-read
Only about a chapter in, and then I started another book (bad Amy...). We'll see when I get back to this one.
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