Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A Call to Protestant....Medievalism?


I just happened upon a book which has a very interesting and thought provoking premise, which is, that Christians should return to a Medieval culture, as being in opposition to Modernism and Postmodernism. Now, this is not saying that we should go back in time and "wear their funny hats" as is written in chapter one, but that we must recapture the christocentric and family-focused worldview thaht emphasized the "good life" and characterized the Medieval Christians. I haven't read it yet but I plan to get it soon. It's called Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth by Douglas Wilson, the controversial pastor and author, and it's published by Canon Press. It's worth it to at least read the chapter titles and introduction. It's fascinating. What really grabbed me was the publisher's description:

"Christianity presents a glorious vision of culture, a vision overflowing with truth, beauty, and goodness. It’s a vision that stands in stark conflict with the anemic modern (and postmodern) perspectives that dominate contemporary life. Medieval Christianity began telling a beautiful story about the good life, but it was silenced in mid-sentence. The Reformation rescued truth, but its modern grandchildren have often ignored the importance of a medieval grasp of the good life. But enough about Presbyterianism."