Week 8 – Theology…Culture: Cobb; Chp. 8

After proposing that redemptive violence, music (as rock/roll roots, protest songs, love songs, and songs of the mystical), and film offers us the themes of salvation that culture has identified, he finishes with the self-fulfilling desires of the west for happiness in therapeutic means.  “Sin no longer means making selfish choices that harm others but instead is about not putting oneself first.”  And those of us who follow Jesus, are we any different?  We read books, go to seminars, here variations of the prosperity gospel from the pulpit, etc.  I wonder how many of us, myself included, are here at Seminary to fulfill that which we want our happiness longs for in vocation?  Perhaps there needs to be a distinction between what is self fulfilling and what is faithful, or at least a some reflection on seeing both the sin and grace in the gray areas of our desires/actions.

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~ by Brian Shope on February 29, 2008.

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