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Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity


NavPress 2009

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Our Western culture has systematically reduced Christianity to little more than religious ritual and personal piety. Is this really the best that God has in mind for his kingdom?

Join S. Michael Craven in exploring how the majesty and radical reality of God’s amazing grace have been culturalized and rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America.

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Key Features

  • Challenges the reader to think about the way culture has affected thought and action within the Christian faith
  • Explores the countercultural way of robust Christian living
  • Provides practical answers to the biggest questions of secular society
  • Examines the deeply entrenched and rarely examined cultural barriers to the acceptance of the gospel


  • Part I: Cultural Ideas That Hinder Belief and Adversely Influence the Christian Life and Witness
    • The Crisis Confronting the American Church: Rethinking Cultural Engagement
    • Following Christ in the Modern World: The Challenges of Modernity and Modernism
    • Postmodernism: An Enemy or Opportunity for the Church?
    • Consumerism: Idolatry Is Alive and Well!
  • Part II: Social Ideas That Hinder Belief and Adversely Influence the Christian Life and Witness
    • The Sexualized Culture and Its Contribution to Unbelief
    • Homosexuality: Thinking Critically and Acting Compassionately
    • Why Is Marriage Important? The Reasonable Defense of Marriage
    • Feminism: Refuting Christianity as Oppressive to Women
    • New Age Spirituality: Filling the Spiritual Vacuum
  • Epilogue: What Are We to Do?

Praise for the Print Edition

In this most accessible book, Michael Craven addresses the mega-problem of a ‘culturalized’ (and isolated) Christianity. He outlines current worldviews that have swamped the church and responds to red-hot contemporary issues with Christian truth and love. In a day when the flame of authentic faith is barely a flicker, the church needs all the help she can get. This book contributes to the needed aid.

David K. Naugle, professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University

By way of both precept and personal example, Michael Craven is a reliable guide for Christians as we seek to engage our culture and exert a redemptive influence upon it. He reflects well the blend of truth and love needed for God-honoring impact. Western students have greatly appreciated their opportunities to learn from Michael in the classroom; I know many other people have been similarly blessed through his other ministry venues. I am delighted that key aspects of Michael’s thoughtful cultural analysis can now be accessed in book form.

Randal Roberts, president and professor of spiritual formation, Western Seminary

This book highlights the clash between the church and our culture and how we should respond to these challenges. The author explains that we are called to rescue the culture, not just preach to it. He illustrates this by detailing many of the cultural trends we face and their impact on the church and how we must address them. This is a reminder that the church is the hope of the world and, as such, we are called to influence culture rather than submit to its pressures.

—Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, IL

Michael Craven has invested years in research, writing, and travel to address cultural issues in our day while identifying the most strategic battleground: the mind. A dynamic apologist, Michael separates the external cultural context from essential Christian truth and brings the reader the single, specific, and stirring challenge to think biblically.

—David H. McKinley, teaching pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

Michael Craven is a fresh voice who avoids the common dangers in dealing with hot-button ideas in both the culture and the church. This book is representative of a new kind of apologetics that is desperately needed. Careful readers will be rewarded by investing serious thought in this fine book.

John H. Armstrong, president, ACT 3

A book by an American about America and for Americans in the light of God’s Word. Michael’s incisive critique, biblical wisdom, and deep compassion have produced a work that needs to be read and processed by many. I heartily agree with and support his message.

—Stuart McAllister, regional director, Americas, RZIM

Believing Scripture to be truth without any mixture of error, S. Michael Craven applies truth to the error of our age. He helps the reader wade through the brackish mixture of current thought to distinguish the pure water of the Word.

—Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

Product Details

  • Title: Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity
  • Author: S. Michael Craven
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 221

About S. Michael Craven

S. Michael Craven is the president of the Center for Christ & Culture located in Dallas, Texas, where he studies, writes, and lectures on the relevant intersection of theology, philosophy, and culture. A leading cultural apologist, he offers a rational biblical response to the various cultural forces that seek to reshape the philosophical consensus in America. Craven has been a featured speaker at national conferences, universities, and seminaries, and appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, and other national television and radio programs.