Crossword puzzle from material in Rodney Clapp's A Peculiar People

Chapters: "The Church as Nation-State" and "The Church as Type"

In the course "Ministry, Church and Society," a lot of the textbook material is presented to the class through group presentations. Those groups use a variety of ways to communicate textbook ideas and concepts.

As part of its presentation to the class, one group constructed this crossword puzzle to help the class process the ideas in chapters 3-4 of Rodney Clapp's book about the church as a body of believers that should constitute a universal society that is distinctly and exhilaratingly Christian.

Clues are given for the words as well as a word bank from which to choose words.

Challenge: Can you solve this puzzle using the word bank even if you do not have Clapp's book?

crossword puzzle

Word bank


2. When it comes to Christian culture and politics, ______ is not the issue.
4. ________Protestantism officially dominated.
5. According to __________, culture was "the best that is known and thought."
6. Aristotle considered human beings to be this type of animal.
7. According to Philip Yancey, former U.S. President Clinton will never be one of these.
11. Philip Yancey writes that Mother Teresa saw things in these terms.
13. During the ________ Revolution, culture was what stood between man and machine.
15. The poet Matthew Arnold explains culture using this type of model as a removed and separate realm.
16. Aristotle's "most powerful insight" is that moral life is based on this.
17. Richard Niebuhr wrote a book titled ________ and Culture.
18. Charles Colson holds that this biblical act deals extensively with the evil in one's heart.
19. America and the Church are continual works in ___________.
20. G.K. Chesterton is quoted as saying that America is the nation with the soul of a __________.


1. We find ourselves in a fast-paced, transitional period because we live in this type of society.
3. Embracing ___________ is a tough habit for American evangelicals to break.
8. This is the study of what makes us human.
9. Early on, the term __________ referred to all forms of writing.
10. In the mid-18th century, most prominent European philosophies saw _________ as synonymous with civilization.
12. This has a strong power and can find its way into every aspect of life when it becomes a way of life that forms character.
14. As we look at history, we assume that some indivisible and spiritual reality outside of time and space make up the ______________.

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