Ronald Kalifungwa

Right from the beginning, ever since Adam received his marching orders to subdue the earth (Gen. 1:28), man in every generation has laboured long to achieve the ideal in every sphere of human endeavour (i.e. social, political and economic), find significance and maintain his dignity, albeit against the drift of sin. In this quest, man has been beholden to various cultural authorities and influences. Among the ancients for example, the Greeks where subject to a mythologised and philosophised culture; the Romans lived at the behest of the emperor; and the medieval era took its cue from the Roman Catholic Church. The Reformation era on the other hand came largely under the watchdog of the Bible. Each of these cultural authorities contributed in various degrees to the advancement of humanity.