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In their booklet “Gospel-Centered Ministry,” The Gospel Coalition cofounders Don Carson and Tim Keller describe how the redemptive story of Scripture, or biblical theology, culminates in Jesus Christ and his gospel. And from Christ, that gospel then guides us in how we live every aspect of our lives. 

I’ve never seen a book do this work more effectively than Christopher Watkin’s Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture. It’s simply one of the best books I’ve ever read. Not that the book is simple, at nearly 700 pages. It’s profound in its depth of insight drawn from observation of culture as well as close reading of Scripture. Watkin doesn’t try to explain and defend the Bible to the culture. Instead, he seeks to analyze and critique the culture through the Bible. He writes, “There is nothing quite so radically subversive today as sound doctrine and godly living.” 

There is nothing quite so radically subversive today as sound doctrine and godly living.

Tim Keller wrote the foreword for Biblical Critical Theory. And in this special season of Gospelbound, we’re exploring, in depth, several key influences that appear in my book Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation (Zondervan Reflective). Watkin teaches at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and I asked him about the philosopher Charles Taylor and social criticism, which have played such a key role in Keller’s intellectual formation especially since the mid-2000s. Watkin is an inaugural fellow for The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics, and he’ll be leading an interactive, 8-session online cohort on Biblical Critical Theory that starts on May 10.


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