This book originated as a series of lectures given by Mouw on the subject of Christianity and its relationship to culture. Mouw brings focus to this broad issue by zeroing in on one particular biblical passage, Isaiah 60, which gives a prophetic picture of the heavenly city. Each chapter looks at a particular aspect of this vision and draws applications from it for a Christian understanding of economic, political, social, technological, and religious cultural patterns.
Mouw is the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the largest and most culturally diverse seminaries in North America. He is well qualified to speak to this set of issues, and he does so in a very generous and thoughtful way. This is the most recent of several of Mouw’s books that I have read, and, as always, I found his writing to be engaging and thought-provoking. In particular, this book did a wonderful job of bringing a careful consideration of scriptural texts to bear on current issues.