Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986 - Religion - 156 pages
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In this book, Lesslie Newbigin attempts to look at modern Western culture through the eyes of an outsider and to ask, "What would it mean to confront this culture with the gospel?" Newbigin looks first at the broad issues raised by any cross-cultural communication of the gospel. He then focuses his discussion on modern Western culture, examining its essential features and the present signs of its disintegration. This leads to the main thrust of the book--the question of how biblical authority can be a reality for those who are shaped by this culture. Newbigin goes on to consider what would be involved in the encounter between the gospel and modern science, politics, and economics. Finally, he discusses the task of the church in bringing about this missionary encounter.
  

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Good Bible study to help you change your mind about where you live and how to relate to those yet to follow Jesus. Read full review

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User Review  - Sean Post - Goodreads

As much as I didn't care for "The Open Secret", this book seems to be the crowning masterpiece of Newbigin's life as a missiological practitioner. The latter chapters were what really grabbed my ... Read full review

Contents

POSTENLIGHTENMENT CULTURE AS A MISSIONARY PROBLEM
1
PROFILE OF A CULTURE
21
THE WORD IN THE WORLD
42
WHAT CAN WE KNOW? THE DIALOGUE WITH SCIENCE
65
WHAT IS TO BE DONE? THE DIALOGUE WITH POLITICS
95
WHAT MUST WE BE? THE CALL TO THE CHURCH
124
Select Bibliography
151
Index
153
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Page 3 - By the word culture we have to understand the sum total of ways of living developed by a group of human beings and handed on from generation to generation.
Page 4 - ... a culturally conditioned style of life. There can never be a culture-free gospel. Yet the gospel, which is from the beginning to the end embodied in culturally conditioned forms, calls into question all cultures, including the one in which it was originally embodied.

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About the author (1986)

(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbigin married Helen Henderson and the two of them left for India where he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland In 1947 Reverend Newbigin was consecrated Bishop in the Church of South India, formed by the union of Anglican, Methodist, and Reformed churches. He also served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the main theme of the Second Assembly. Other members of the committee included famous theologians such as Barth, Brunner, and Niebuhr In 1959 Newbigin was called to be General Secretary of the International Missionary Council with offices in London and New York. He was responsible for carrying through final negotiations for the merger with the World Council of Churches. In 1962 he became the first director of the Division of World Mission and Evangelism, and Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches with headquarters in Geneva.

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