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Christians and Cultural Difference
Contributor(s): Smith, David I. (Author), Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn (Author)

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ISBN: 1937555151     ISBN-13: 9781937555153
Publisher: Calvin College Press
OUR PRICE: $8.49  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2016

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BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Christian Living - Social Issues
- Philosophy | Ethics & Moral Philosophy
- Social Science | Discrimination & Race Relations
LCCN: 2015945268
Series: Calvin Shorts
Physical Information: 0.21" H x 5.06" W x 7.81" (0.23 lbs) 100 pages
- Religious Orientation - Christian
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Encountering cultural differences in the classroom, in the workplace, in the church, and in the public square is an everyday part of contemporary life. The chances that we will live our lives interacting only with those who share our cultural identity and ways of thinking are shrinking. Understanding culture and how cultural difference affects how we understand one another and live well together is no longer just for travelers. It has become a basic life skill.

Past Christian ways of thinking about cultural difference as most important for missions to far away places do not harmonize with today's realities. This book offers a brief, critical overview of how Christians have been rethinking their relationship to cultural difference. Creation and fall, the image of God, the body/temple that is the church, neighbor ethics, the trinity, the incarnation and cross of Christ, and the call to welcome strangers - each of these offers distinct challenges to think in Christian ways about how we deal with differences.

Exploring the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, this book provides a concise guide to current Christian discussions of otherness. It points to rich ways in which Christians can responsibly and graciously embrace cultural difference.

Contributor Bio(s): Smith, David I.: - David I. Smith is Director of Graduate Studies in Education and Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College. He also serves as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. His recent publications include Teaching and Christian Imagination (with Susan M. Felch), Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity, and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (with James K. A. Smith).Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn: - Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim has been nationally recognized for her work in culture and language teaching. Her publications include two full-year German curricula focusing on intercultural language learning, and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Building Curricula for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. In addition to teaching and serving as the associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Calvin College, she is a series editor for Yale University Press.
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