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Christ Witnessing to Culture: Toward a New Paradigm between Christ and Culture

Rick Allbee
Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies
Heartland Community College

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This article proposes a new paradigm for the relationship between Christ and culture that interacts with H. Richard Niebuhr’s well-known five paradigms. Attempting to draw upon the strengths of his proposals, the proposal being put forward here, Christ witnessing to Culture, is a paradigm grounded in fundamental, biblical doctrine, has a christological basis, reflects the practice of the early church, and facilitates personal evangelism as well as Christian cultural witness. It is therefore recommended over Niebuhr’s paradigms whose strengths it incorporates while simultaneously rejecting their weaknesses.

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Spring 2023



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