Who gets to narrate the world?
The late Robert Webber believed this question to be the most pressing issue of our time. Christianity in America, he preached, will not survive if Christians are not rooted in and informed by the uniquely Christian story that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is the burden of Webber's final book, Who Gets to Narrate the World?: Contending for the Christian Story in an Age of Rivals. Convinced that American evangelicals are facing the demise of their entire way of life and faith, Webber challenges his readers to rise up and engage both the external and internal challenges confronting them today. This means that Christians must repent of their cultural accommodation and reclaim the unique story--the Christian story--that God has given them both to proclaim and to live.
Introduction: A Wake-Up Call
1. God's Narrative
2. God's Narrative Emerges in a Pagan Roman World
3. God's Narrative Influences the Foundations of Western Civilization
4. How the West Lost God's Narrative
5. Our Postmodern, Post Christian, Neopagan World
6. New Contenders Arise to Narrate the World
7. A Call to Narrate the World Christianly
Conclusion: A Challenge (publisher's website)
- Describes the history of the Christian narrative in Western history and culture
- Spells out the external and internal challenges facing the church today, including Islam
- Critiques today's increasingly postmodern, post-Christian, Neo-Pagan culture
- Challenges contemporary Christian readers to rediscover the centrality of the Christian story in faith and life