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This is no time for caving in to the Tower of Babel just as it is crumbling, but a time to recover "the faith once and for all delivered to the saints."

Culture wars have set cultural conservatives against cultural liberals, those who support "Judeo-Christian" principles against "secular humanists." However, as these articles have attempted to show, the convulsions are much deeper beneath the crust of politics, morality and entertainment. By ignoring these deeper issues, the tectonic plates beneath our civilization continue to shift while we chase the ambulances and try to rescue victims here and there.

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1 [ Back ] Cited in Colin Gunton, The One, The Three and The Many: God, Creation and the Culture of Modernity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), p. 69.
2 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 69.
3 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 105.
4 [ Back ] Roger Lundin, The Culture of Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993), p. 64.
5 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 68.
6 [ Back ] Stanley Hauerwas, et. al., ed., Theology Without Foundations: Religious Practice & the Future of Theological Truth (Nashville: Abingdon, 1994), p. 13.
7 [ Back ] Ibid.
8 [ Back ] Gunton, op. cit., p. 135.
9 [ Back ] Ibid.
10 [ Back ] John Polkinghorne, Reason and Reality: The Relationship Between Science and Theology (London: SPCK, 1991), p. 5.
11 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 7.
12 [ Back ] Tyron Inbody, "Intellectual Velcro," Theology Today (January, 1995).
13 [ Back ] Frederic B. Burnham, ed., Postmodern Theology: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World (New York: Harper and Row, 1989), p. 25.
14 [ Back ] Stanley Hauerwas, Dispatches from the Front (Durham: Duke University Press, 1994), p. 27.
15 [ Back ] George Lindbeck, "The Church's Mission," in Frederic B. Burnham, ed., Postmodern Theology, op. cit., pp. 43-50.
16 [ Back ] Clark Pinnock, Grace Unlimited (Minneapolis: Bethany, 1975), p. 26.
17 [ Back ] Peter Berger, A Rumor of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural (New York: Doubleday, 1990), p. 12.

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Our Time: The Opportunities of a Postmodern Culture" Sept./Oct. 1995 Vol. 4 No. 5 Page number(s): 28-35

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