Bruce Ashford on the Gospel and Every Square Inch

Bethany Jenkins | July 9, 2015

What does the biblical narrative—creation, fall, redemption, restoration—have to do with how we engage culture? Bruce Ashford, provost and dean of faculty as well as professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, aims to tackle this question in his book Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians.

I corresponded with Ashford about his reasons for writing such a small book to answer such a big question and about why he doesn’t always get to the death, resurrection, and glory of Jesus. 

What inspired you to write a book on cultural engagement?

I wrote the book to help Christians wrestling with some of the same questions that have nagged at me for many years. Although I grew up in a home where my parents taught me the gospel and fostered in me a love for Christ and his Word, I didn’t really have an idea of how to relate Christianity to other dimensions of culture, like art or science, that are not “religious” in an obvious way.

I think one reason I was ill-equipped was that I had a truncated view of Christianity. My understanding of Christianity had almost entirely to do with fall and redemption, and…

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