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To Change the WorldThe Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today$
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James Davison Hunter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.001.0001

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Culture: The Common View

Culture: The Common View

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(p.6) Chapter Two Culture: The Common View
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To Change the World
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James Davison Hunter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0002

The “common view” is that culture is made up of the accumulation of values held by the majority of people and the choices made on the basis of those values. If a culture is good, it is because the good values embraced by individuals lead to good choices. If people’s hearts and minds are converted, they will have the right values, they will make the right choices and culture will change in turn. Common View Summary: 1) Real change is individual, 2) Cultural changed can be willed into being, and 3) Change is democratic – from the bottom-up by ordinary citizens.

Keywords:   cultural change, values, worldview, Charles Colson, evangelism, political action, social Reform, William Wilberforce

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