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Culture: The Common View

James Davison Hunter

in To Change the World

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730803
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0002
Culture: The Common View

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The “common view” is that culture is made up of the accumulation of values held by the majority of people and the choices made on the basis of those values. If a culture is good, it is because the good values embraced by individuals lead to good choices. If people’s hearts and minds are converted, they will have the right values, they will make the right choices and culture will change in turn. Common View Summary: 1) Real change is individual, 2) Cultural changed can be willed into being, and 3) Change is democratic – from the bottom-up by ordinary citizens.

Keywords: cultural change; values; worldview; Charles Colson; evangelism; political action; social Reform; William Wilberforce

Chapter.  5166 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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