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Christ and Culture in Compromise? The Upper House Lectures

March 1 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST

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Do you ever wonder how Christians ought to engage culture? In this lecture, Ryan Tafilowski, Ph.D., will delve into H. Richard Niebuhr’s (1894–1962) classic taxonomy for Christian cultural engagement — Christ against culture, Christ of culture, Christ above culture, Christ and culture in paradox, and Christ the transformer of culture — and propose a modest revision to the taxonomy: Christ and culture in compromise. We will also consider German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45) and pay close attention to his concept of Zwielicht (“twilight”), a kind of dusky semi-darkness in which all historical and moral action is undertaken. Last, Dr. Tafilowski will offer some constructive possibilities for cultural engagement “at twilight” by drawing on Christian realism, a movement primarily associated with the thought of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971).

Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Finger foods and light desserts will be served. The program will begin at 6:30 PM. We will conclude, following Q&A, at 9:00 PM.

About Ryan Tafilowski

Dr. Ryan Tafilowski, assistant professor of theology and chair of the Theology Department at Denver Seminary, holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology, a master’s in theology in history from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Colorado Christian University. Prior to joining the faculty at Denver Seminary, Tafilowski served as an adjunct professor of theology at Colorado Christian University and as a postgraduate instructor in theology and ecclesiastical history at the University of Edinburgh. He serves as the lead pastor at Foothills Fellowship Church in Denver and as Theologian-in-Residence at the Denver Institute for Faith and Work.



March 1
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
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