To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

by James Davison Hunter. Oxford University Press, 2010.


This book examines the complex relationship between culture, identity, belonging, and the role of Christians. Ultimately, this book will help congregations consider how they interact in the wider world they inhabit.


how culture is made and changed, analysis of power and its relationship to culture and theology, putting congregational life at the center, how Christians can make an impact on the world

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy and lay leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Reflect on how your congregation interacts and impacts the surrounding culture by using this book in a small group study setting.
  • Refocus your missionary efforts away from cultural relevance and towards a new model that embodies the presence of God in the world.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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