Episode 2

Cultural Stories


As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.

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Cultural Stories


As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.

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As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.

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Episode outline

  • Dislocation—Tradition is treated with skepticism, which creates a break with the past. We’re cut off both from our history and from the future.
  • Invention—Individuals have the right to choose who they want to be. We exercise this choice through consumption—buying and selling our identity.
  • Fluidity—Our identities are constantly changing in line with cultural trends and fashions. We constantly ask the question, “Who am I now?”
  • Constraint—Infinite choice at the personal level is held together by conformity at the public level. Our private and public lives are divided, creating a conflict between them.

Sample discussion questions

  • What are the cultural messages that try to shape who we are?
  • What does culture tell us makes a happy and full life?
  • Where do you feel cultural pressures in your life?
  • What activities help you, or could help you, remember that your identity is rooted in Christ?

Featuring

  • Krish

    Krish Kandiah

    President
    London School of Theology

  • Christine-buchholz

    Christine Lee Buchholz

    Board Member
    Restavek Freedom Foundation

  • Paul-stevens

    Paul Stevens

    Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology and Leadership
    Regent College

  • Sarah_williams

    Sarah Williams

    Research Professor of History of Christianity
    Regent College

  • Rod-wilson

    Rod Wilson

    Former President
    Regent College

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Episode 2

Cultural Stories


As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.

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Cultural Stories


As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.

Watch

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Cultural Stories

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As Christians, the story of Scripture and the person of Jesus shape the whole of who we are. Still, we often experience tensions within our culture that provide alternate answers to this question. We are told we must choose who we want to be rather than receive our identity as a gift given by God. This session discusses some of the ways our culture shapes us and why this so often leads to a crisis of identity.

×
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Episode outline

  • Dislocation—Tradition is treated with skepticism, which creates a break with the past. We’re cut off both from our history and from the future.
  • Invention—Individuals have the right to choose who they want to be. We exercise this choice through consumption—buying and selling our identity.
  • Fluidity—Our identities are constantly changing in line with cultural trends and fashions. We constantly ask the question, “Who am I now?”
  • Constraint—Infinite choice at the personal level is held together by conformity at the public level. Our private and public lives are divided, creating a conflict between them.

Sample discussion questions

  • What are the cultural messages that try to shape who we are?
  • What does culture tell us makes a happy and full life?
  • Where do you feel cultural pressures in your life?
  • What activities help you, or could help you, remember that your identity is rooted in Christ?

Featuring

  • Krish

    Krish Kandiah

    President
    London School of Theology

  • Christine-buchholz

    Christine Lee Buchholz

    Board Member
    Restavek Freedom Foundation

  • Paul-stevens

    Paul Stevens

    Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology and Leadership
    Regent College

  • Sarah_williams

    Sarah Williams

    Research Professor of History of Christianity
    Regent College

  • Rod-wilson

    Rod Wilson

    Former President
    Regent College

  • Regent College Website
  • Regent College Marketplace Institute
  • The Washington Institute For Faith, Vocation and Culture
  • CONTACT REFRAME
    Marketplace Institute
    5800 University Blvd.
    Vancouver, B.C. V6T 2E4
    Canada
  • Phone: (604) 224-3245
    Fax: (604) 224-3097
    Toll free: 1-800-663-8664
    reframe@regent-college.edu