Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review: Culture Shift

Title:  Culture Shift
Author:  R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Publisher:  Multnomah Books
General Subject Matter:  Apologetics, Christian Living
First Copyright:  2008, 2011
Type:  Paperback
Price:  $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-381-8

In establishing the purpose of the author, it is necessary to quote from his preface, "...we are swimming in one of the most complex and challenging cultural contexts ever experienced by the Christian Church...How are Christians to remain faithful as we live in this culture? How should we think about so many of the critical moral questions of our day?" 

The purpose is seen in Mohler's last sentence in the preface, "My hope is that these essays will assist you as you seek to be faithful to Christ as a concerned and intelligent Christian." The purpose of this book is to assist the reader in understanding and responding to the ever changing culture in which today's believers are living.

Theme:  The battle for the moral heart of America
Thesis:  This is trustworthy help for developing a comprehensive Christian worldview based on timeless truth

Mohler develops his thesis by the method of argumentation. Mohler uses the technique of persuasion to establish the truths of his thesis. The author presents twenty five components of today's culture and explores them through the means of a short essay. Mohler uses these short essays to explore the effects that these components have on today's culture and argues how the reader is to respond to them.

Culture Shift is a very interesting book. Mohler's style of writing easily holds the reader's attention. Mohler is very objective as he identifes cultural trends and develops suggested response. This is an imporant book with a very important message for believers today. Even though each essay is very short and condensed, Mohler carefully chooses what information to convey in order to get the most "bang for the buck." These essays are of the utmost value to the reader enabling the reader, especially the Christian reader to respond in a biblical manner.

Mohler argues that these cultural entities are not "merely academic." He states that every  believer will be touched by them at some point in his or her life-time. This is a powerful proposition with which I agree. Mohler argues that our homes are constantly invaded by the culture that is all around us. Again, I agree that whether it be through media, electronic sources, or people we work with or worship with culture changes will effect each of us. 

Areas from homosexuality, morality, situation ethics, public schools and their agenda, abortion, character to the new American family, impact every human being, including believers requiring a response. The believer must develop a biblical world-view in order to respond in a biblical manner.

The author is readily and more than able to address these areas of culture. Dr. R. Albert Hohler, Jr., is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler writes a popular blog is writes regular comments at He is an acclaimed and accomplished author. has called Dr. Mohler the "reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U. S."

Due to each chapter having footnotes listed within the chapter there is no end notes section. There is no index nor bibliography.

In summary I found the book to be very interesting and compelling. The content of Culture Shift is very relevant for today's Christian. My general conclusions include a high recommendation to every believer to read this book. It is my opinion that Mohler has given the Christian Community an excellent tool with which to think about the response required to the cultural shifts in our country and community today. This book is a trustworthy help for developing a comprehensive Christian worldview based on timeless truth



A good review Gregg. enjoyed the read.
Hope all is well with you.

John Patrick Donovan said...

I have not read this book, but from what ou wrote I agree. I am of the camp that believes moore and moore we are becomeing like the new testament Greeks that Paul had to deal with, we believe so many diffrent thing in our culture that we could address our freinds and neighbors like this. My fellow americans, I can tell from the idols that you have built the your a religeous people. Now let me tell you about an unkown God!

Persis said...

Thanks for the review, Gregg. This looks very interesting.