His basic idea is that culture is a metaphor and it must be applied differently to different situations. I agree with his literal meaning of culture. In that a process that creates a specimen in a peetre dish in a laboratory is a culture. This is the most concrete definition of culture in the reading.
Because I am a biology major I like to hold onto concrete ideas and say "this is the answer", however recently I have found that with many words that we define in class that is not the case. I do agree with Long in that culture can be a metaphor. there is no one object that a person can look at and concretely say "That is culture." It is the ideas, believes, living style, language, food, and practices of populations of humans around the world, which is culture. It can be small or large scale, the difference between those who live in America and those who live in Europe, the difference between those who live in Thurston Hall and those who live in Potomac.
The only problem I have with Long's definition is that he says that it has to relate to God. But why do all cultures have to relate to the one God that Christians believe in. Is Muslim not a culture with their own God Allah, in which to relate their beliefs to? I do not think that all culture should be related to the one Christian God. Everyone has their own beliefs and sometimes this defines a culture. If you would like to respond to my post please comment on it, if you would like to post a new idea, to take the topic in a new direction or if you have a totally different meaning of culture, please make a new post. Because I am moderating this week I feel this system would be most efficient.