Posted by: Grover Gunn | July 28, 2007

Today’s Cultural Replacement for the Bible

The book From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 years of Western Cultural Life by Jacques Barzun (New York, NY: Perennial, 2001) is an 800 page summary of the history of western culture from the Protestant Reformation to the beginning of the second millennium. On pages 27-28, the book points out that after the Protestant Reformation, whole populations developed a common culture based on a common knowledge of the Bible. There was a time when the Bible was often the only book in a house and when prayer and Bible reading were frequent family experiences. What was once common is now rare. The author considers what has replaced the Bible as a universal printed point of reference for today’s secular culture. He states that the only replacement in this role which one can think of in today’s world is the daily newspaper comic strip. What an interesting commentary on the decadent state of our society today! Pray for a time of spiritual refreshing from the Lord that the Bible may again become the foundation of our culture, the glue of our culture, the touchstone of our culture.

 Pastor Grover

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