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Three Worlds and Two Christianities

January 11th, 2023 | 11 min read

By Simon Kennedy

At a recent book launch in Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading Christian scholars, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, astutely observed that Richard Niebuhr’s models of Christ and culture, a framework which has wielded great influence for decades, is now outdated. Irving-Stonebraker further stated that Christianity is no longer the dominant, hegemonic force that undergirds our society.

Christianity no longer frames public speech. We all know this. We’re all talking about it. This is why Jake Meador, Tim Keller, Kirsten Sanders, and I have all been weighing in on the question of how Christians should speak in public, given the new cultural climate.

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