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Plowing in Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture
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Plowing in Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture


Canon Press 2007

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Culture is a continuing, forward process—the gradual unveiling of truth as life. But often we get ensnarled. We can only imagine culture as a war, a gritty ideological and religious struggle where every arena is bloody with strife: art, philosophy, cuisine, music, literature, science. But at its foundation, culture is about building, not conflict. The time has come for us to beat our swords into plowshares. By realizing the Bible’s vision for a cultivated earth, we can build a more comprehensive, radical, holistic culture, resistant to compromise and dedicated to a Trinitarian aesthetic. What does this culture look like? It is the development of the earth into a global fabric of gardens and cities in harmony with nature—a glorious garden-city. Plowing in Hope provides a positive, clear, and colorful introduction to this transformational topic.

Praise for the Print Edition

Many Christians are beginning to recognize that in the absence of a godly culture our civilization will continue its free fall, no matter how political they get. But when modern believers address culture, it appears they do little more than criticize Hollywood while doing “Christian” MTV. David Hegeman’s approach is refreshingly different. He maps out a positive theology of culture building rooted in Creation and extending into the New Jerusalem. His wonderful little book, based on sound Biblical exegesis, presents a compelling case for why and how we should build a culture that magnifies God and ennobles men.

—David Ayers, Grove City College, Pennsylvania

Romantic naturalists and pragmatic city dwellers alike must grapple with God’s call to create culture. Plowing in Hope provides biblical purpose as many of us grapple with out paradoxical desires to be both farmer and technologist. Hegeman’s artistic language, engaging examples, and thoughtful reasoning make for fruitful reading; he offers joyful expectancy to all faithful and hard-working servants of the Lord.

—Brian Ray, Ph.D., President, National Home Educational Institute, Salem, Oregon

Product Details

  • Title: Plowing in Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture
  • Author: David Hegeman
  • Publisher: Canon Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 128

About David Hegeman

David Hegeman resides in Newburg, Oregon, with his wife and four children. He studied art history at the University of Pittsburgh and Oberlin College. He works as a librarian and enjoys watercolor painting. He is a member of the OPC.

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